The coming Friday will witness an interesting clash between Dinesh Vijan’s LUKA CHUPPI and Abhishek Chaubey’s SONCHIRIYA. While the Kriti Sanon and Katrik Aaryan rom-com will surely be the front runner based on good promotion, popular songs with the youth patronising it in a big way, the Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar period dacoit drama too will find its audience in the massy areas, if the word-of-mouth and reviews are good, which it should be as both Sushant and Bhumi and also producer Ronnie Screwala are associated with good movies.
Checking out the next edition of the DHAMAAL series, TOTAL DHAMAAL, produced by Fox Star Studios and Maruti International, the Indra Kumar directed Anil, Madhuri, Ajay, Arshad, Ritesh and Javed starrer, went from strength-to-strength, based on positive reviews and good word-of-mouth. Coming to the number crunching the film netted 61 crore , the best 3-day opening weekend of 2019. While Friday saw 16 crore, Saturday went to 20 crore and Sunday shot up to 25 crore. TOTAL DHAMAAL has already surpassed the total net collection (45 crore) of last DHAMAAL edition, DOUBLE DHAMAAL (2011). TOTAL DHAMAAL has also impressed in the overseas (especially US) grossing $2.40m with £245,000 from UK and $990,000 from the US, during the opening weekend (22-24 February).
Meanwhile Excel Entertainment’s Zoya Akhtar directed Ranveer-Alia starrer, GULLY BOY, the film maintained beautifully after a lovely start collecting 17 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 1.75 crore from Ahmedabad, 67.25 lakhs from Surat, 50 lakhs from Baroda, 15.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 4.55 crore from Pune, 42.50 lakhs from Nasik, 50 lakhs from Goa, 11 lakhs from Belgaum, 8.50 crore from Delhi city, 2.25 crore from Noida, 1.50 crore from Ghaziabad, 45.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.25 crore from Lucknow, 31.50 lakhs from Agra, 20 lakhs from Allahabad, 8.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 50.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 2.50 crore from Gurgaon, 60 lakhs from Faridabad, 5.50 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 9.50 lakhs from Panipat, 50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 23.75 lakhs from Jalandhar, 11.50 lakhs from Patiala, 22.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 32.75 lakhs from Ludhiana, 6.75 lakhs from Bhatinda, 3.75 lakhs from Ambala, 3.25 lakhs from Shimla, 2.50 crore from Calcutta, 2.75 lakhs from Darjeeling, 19.25 lakhs from Siliguri, 20.25 lakhs from Patna, 8.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 22.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 28.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 28.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 5.50 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 80 lakhs from Nagpur, 45.50 lakhs from Raipur, 1crore from Indore, 25 lakhs from Gwalior(collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved), 55 lakhs from Bhopal(collections from 6 cinemas unrecieved), 1.50 crore from Jaipur, 22.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 11.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 5 lakhs from Bikaner, 20.50 lakhs from Kota, 25 lakhs from Udaipur, 1.55 crore from Hyderabad, 30.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 4.50 crore from Bangalore, 15.25 lakhs from Mangalore, 15.75 lakhs from Mysore, 8 lakhs from Vijayawada, 14 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 28.75 lakhs from Madras, 4.50 lakhs from Coimbatore and 5.75 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 100 crore during its opening week from India, GULLY BOY is on way to a semi-hit status, if not more. The film is superb in the overseas, grossing nearly $6m with £510,000 from UK and $4,200,000 from the US till the second weekend (22-24 February).
Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut’s MANIKARNIKA-THE QUEEN OF JHANSI , added another 3 crore thus netting 93 crore in four weeks from India and is an above average success. The film has also scored in the overseas grossing $3.50m with £170,000 from UK and $1,300,000 from the US.
Concluding with Ronnie Screwvala’s Vicky Kaushal starrer URI- THE SURGICAL STRIKE, the film saw another big (record breaking!) week as it collected 1.50 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 26.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 15.75 lakhs from Surat, 10 lakhs from Baroda, 5.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 85 lakhs from Pune, 11.25 lakhs from Nasik, 5 lakhs from Goa, 3 lakhs from Belgaum, 65 lakhs from Delhi city, 20.25 lakhs from Noida, 15.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 9.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 17.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.25 lakhs from Agra, 5 lakhs from Allahabad, 8.55 lakhs from Dehradun, 25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Panipat, 4 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 2.25 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 33 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.75 lakhs from Siliguri, 4.50lakhs from Patna, 2.25 lakhs from Dhanbad, 4 lakhs from Ranchi, 5.75 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 3.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 1.25 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 15 lakhs from Nagpur, 5.75 lakhs from Raipur, 12.50 lakhs from Indore, 3 lakhs from Gwalior, 7.50 lakhs from Bhopal 21.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 4.50 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.50 lakhs from Kota, 5 lakhs from Udaipur, 40 lakhs from Hyderabad, 7 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.50 crore from Bangalore, 4 lakhs from Mangalore, 7.25 lakhs from Mysore, 2.50 lakhs from Vijayawada, 5.25 lakhs from Visakhapatnam,7.25 lakhs from Madras, 2.50 lakhs from Coimbatore and 3.75 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 12 crore, URI- THE SURGICAL STRIKE has netted 232 crore in six weeks from India and is an all time blockbuster. URI-TSG is also an overseas super hit grossing $6.25m with $4m from the US.