After the GOLD and SATYAMEVA JAYATE faceoff, this week witnesses the release of Jimmy Sheirgill, Sonakhshi Sinha, Ali Fazal and Diana Penty ’s HAPPY PHIRR BHAG JAYEGI along with Anil ‘Gadar’ Sharma directed Utkarsh, Nawaz starrer, GENIUS. While the Independence Day releases will still hold the audience’s attention, the box-office is capable of pleasant surprises, HPBJ and GENIUS can still keep their hope for a generous outcome!
Moving on to the interesting GOLD versus SATYAMEVA JAYATE battle, it turned out to be much closer than most predicted. While both films saw a huge first day (GOLD 25 crore and SATYAMEVA JAYATE 20 crore) on Independence day, there was a crash on the second day for the Akshay as well as the John starrer. However, post that the extended weekend saw an uptick in collections for both the films and the extended 5-day weekend had GOLD netting nearly 70 crore and SATYAMEVA JAYATE 55 crore, both totals to be validated. As things stand T-Series’ SATYAMEVA JAYATE can score brownie points over Excel Entertainment’s GOLD as it has about 500 screens less than the latter. We await the final outcome as GOLD as well as SATYAMEVA JAYATE still have a battle at hand trying to get to the hit tag! In the overseas GOLD is the clear winner (comparatively) as it fared decently grossing $1.60 m with $600,000 from US and £120,000 from UK, during the opening weekend (17-19 August), while SATYAMEVA JAYATE could muster just about $0.50m.
After leading MULK during the opening weekend, Irrfan Khan’s KARWAAN had to play second fiddle to the superbly crafted Anubahv Sinha venture collecting 1.25 crore from Bombay (collections from cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.50 lakhs from Surat, 6.15 lakhs from Baroda, 40 lakhs from Pune, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 1.75 lakhs from Goa, 70 lakhs from Delhi city, 25 lakhs from Noida, 10 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Kanpur, 10.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.75lakhs from Allahabad, 2.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 26.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 5 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 15 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Patna, 1.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 1.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 1.55 lakhs from Guwahati, 1.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 3 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.75 lakhs from Raipur, 5.50 lakhs from Indore, 6 lakhs from Bhopal, 10 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved), 1.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.50 lakhs from Kota, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.75 lakhs from Aurangabad, 60 lakhs from Bangalore, 5.25 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Madras and 4.50 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 5.10 crore KARWAAN has netted 17.50 crore in two weeks from India and is a below average fare. Concluding yet again with Dharma Production’s Shashank Khaitan directed Ishaan and Janhvi starrer DHADAK, the film added another 1 crore thus netting 73.50 crore in four weeks from India and is a hit fare. DHADAK has also impressed in the overseas grossing $2.50m with £260,000 from UK and $830,000 from the US.
Meanwhile, the Anubhav Sinha directed Rishi-Taapsee starrer MULK followed up a decent first week with a rock steady second one as it collected 1.50 crore from Bombay (collections from cinemas unreceived), 25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 7 lakhs from Surat, 8 lakhs from Baroda, 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 30 lakhs from Pune, 2.55 lakhs from Nasik, 2.50 lakhs from Goa, 1 crore from Delhi city, 30 lakhs from Noida, 15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 22 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.50 lakhs from Agra, 3.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 2 lakhs from Aligarh, 5.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 25.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Panipat,6 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.55 lakhs from Jammu, 35 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 3.75 lakhs from Patna, 1.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 3.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 1.75 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 3.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 1.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 5.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 7.50 lakhs from Raipur, 10 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Gwalior, 7 lakhs from Bhopal, 10 lakhs from Jaipur(collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved , 2.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.75 lakhs from Kota, 2.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.50 lakhs from Aurangabad and 25 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding another 7.25 crore MULK has netted 20 crore in two weeks from India and is a creditable average fare.