The coming Friday will witness a host of releases including T-Series’ Emraan Hashmi starrer WHY CHEAT INDIA, Pahlaj Nihalani’s Govinda venture RANGEELA RAJA, BOMBAIRIYA featuring Radhika Apte, Avinash Dhyani’s 72 HOURS and last but not the least Saurabh Shrivastava directed Arshad Warsi starrer FRAUD SAIYAAN. As is obvious, the multiple releases will cut into each other but as far as the pole position is concerned WHY CHEAT INDIA is likely to relegate FRAUD SAIYAAN to the second spot and the rest will lag behind.
This week’s two prominent releases, Bohra Bros. Pvt Ltd and Pen India Ltd’s Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna starrer THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER and Ronnie Screwvala’s URI- THE SURGICAL STRIKE , performed quite contrary to expectations. From the first day itself it was Vickey Kaushal’s URI that dominated Anupam Kher’s THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER and as the days progressed it was a one horse race. At the end of the fifth day URI had netted 55 crore while TAPM stood at 15 crore. While URI is now sure to end up as a super hit, THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER may finish as a below average fare.
Meanwhile, after a huge opening week (150 crore), Dharma Productions, Reliance Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Picturez’ Ranveer-Sara starrer, SIMMBA, saw another good run collecting 10 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 2.25 crore from Ahmedabad, 85.75 lakhs from Surat,38.50 lakhs from Baroda, 44.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 3 crore from Pune, 43.25 lakhs from Nasik, 38.50 lakhs from Goa, 5.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 5.55 crore from Delhi city, 1.50 crore from Noida, 1.25 crore from Ghaziabad, 61.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.25crore from Lucknow, 41.25 lakhs from Agra, 24.75 lakhs from Allahabad, 10 lakhs from Aligarh, 87 lakhs from Dehradun, 1.50 crore from Gurgaon, 52.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 5.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 13 lakhs from Panipat, 35 lakhs from Chandigarh, 22 lakhs from Jalandhar, 7.50 lakhs from Patiala, 21 lakhs from Amritsar,31.55 lakhs from Ludhiana, 6.75 lakhs from Bhatinda, 5 lakhs from Ambala, 1.25 lakhs from Shimla, 18.25 lakhs from Jammu, 1.75 crore from Calcutta, 2.50 lakhs from Darjeeling, 19.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 23.75 lakhs from Patna, 10.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 20.55 lakhs from Ranchi, 21 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 22 lakhs from Guwahati, 8.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 55 lakhs from Nagpur, 45 lakhs from Raipur, 90 lakhs from Indore, 20 lakhs from Gwalior(collections from 5 cinemas unrecieved), 43.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.50 crore from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 30 lakhs from Jodhpur, 16.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 6.50 lakhs from Bikaner, 21.50 lakhs from Kota, 30.75 lakhs from Udaipur, 65 lakhs from Hyderabad, 27.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.85 crore from Bangalore, 10 lakhs from Mangalore, 7 lakhs from Mysore, 2.50 lakhs from Vijayawada, 5.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 9.25 lakhs from Madras, 1.50 lakhs from Coimbatore and 4.75 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 61 crore, SIMMBA has netted 211 crore in two weeks from India and is a blockbuster. SIMMBA has also rocked the overseas grossing $12.30 m with £725,000 from UK and $4,725,000 from the US, till the third weekend (11-13 January).
One can’t help but mention and conclude with the dubbed KGF : CHAPTER I, which has netted 36 crore at the end of the third week and the Hindi version is a surprise semi-hit.