The coming Friday will witness an unusual clash with two totally league se hat ke films vying for attention, but thankfully belonging to very different genres. Yes, we are talking about, Umesh Shukla’s Amitabh-Rishi starrer, 102 NOT OUT and Hansal Mehta’s Rajkummar Rao starrer, OMERTA. While the Amitabh-Rishi feel good comedy drama is sure to lead from the front and will be appreciated by both mass and class audiences, the biographical crime drama and Rajkummar Rao-Hansal Mehta (SHAHID) combo is expected to cater to the discerning cine-goers of high end multiplexes of metros and big cities. Both the new releases will additionally face a tough challenge from the week old AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.
Concluding with the biggest hit of 2018 (after PADMAAVAT), Tiger Shroff’s BAAGHI 2, the film saw another paying week collecting 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 18.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 15 lakhs from Surat, 4.75 lakhs from Baroda, 5 lakhs from Rajkot, 15 lakhs from Pune, 4.15 lakhs from Nasik, 2.25 lakhs from Goa, 25 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.25 lakhs from Noida, 7.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 8 lakhs from Lucknow , 3 lakhs from Agra, 2.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 1 lakh from Aligarh, 2.75 lakhs from Dehradun, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 3.50 lakhs from Patna, 1.75 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.15lakhs from Ranchi, 1.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 1.75 lakhs from Muzaffarpur, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 5.75 lakhs from Raipur, 7 lakhs from Indore(collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 2.50 lakhs from Gwalior, 5 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 20 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unrecieved), 3.15 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 2 lakhs from Kota, 2.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 2.50lakhs from Hyderabad, 3 lakhs from Aurangabad and 10 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding another 4 crore, BAAGHI 2 has netted 159 crore in four weeks from India and is a blockbuster hit. BAAGHI 2 is also a good overseas hit grossing $8m with £435,000 from UK and $1,300,000 from the US.
Checking out the Shoojit Sircar directed Varun Dhawan starrer, OCTOBER, the film fell heavily as it collected 1 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 13.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 6.50 lakhs from Surat, 5 lakhs from Baroda, 1.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 35 lakhs from Pune, 3 lakhs from Nasik, 4.50 lakhs from Goa, 85 lakhs from Delhi city, 25.25lakhs from Noida,14.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.15 lakhs from Kanpur, 10.50 lakhs from Lucknow , 2.50 lakhs from Agra, 3.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 5.75 lakhs from Dehradun, 30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 5 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.75 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 60 lakhs from Calcutta, 4 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.75 lakhs from Patna, 1.75 lakhs from Dhanbad, 3.15 lakhs from Ranchi, 4.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 4.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 1 lakh from Muzaffarpur, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.50 lakhs from Raipur, 7.50 lakhs from Indore, 2.25 lakhs from Gwalior, 5.75 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 15 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 2.20lakhs from Jodhpur, 2.15 lakhs from Kota, 2.50 lakhs from Udaipur, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 35 lakhs from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Mangalore and 1.75 lakhs from Kochi. Adding a decent 10 crore, OCTOBER has netted 39 crore in two weeks from India and is a break even project after taking into account the 35 crore recovery (already in) from non-theatrical rights. OCTOBER is on an ordinary overseas run (better in US) grossing £75,000 from UK and $500,000 from the US, till the third weekend (27-29 April).
Meanwhile, Faraz Haider’s Abhay Deol starrer, NANU KI JAANU, the film could not make much of an impact collecting 75 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 10 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.50 lakhs from Surat, 3.25 lakhs from Baroda, 1.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 15 lakhs from Pune, 2.25 lakhs from Nasik, 2.50 lakhs from Goa, 65 lakhs from Delhi city, 20 lakhs from Noida, 16 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 10 lakhs from Lucknow , 4.75 lakhs from Agra, 1.75 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 4.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 15.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.50 lakhs from Panipat, 5 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.25 lakhs from Amritsar, 15lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Patna, 1.75 lakhs from Ranchi, 1.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 3.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 5 lakhs from Raipur, 7 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Gwalior , 5 lakhs from Bhopal , 10 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 1.75 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.50 lakhs from Kota, 1.75 lakhs from Udaipur, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2 lakhs from Aurangabad and 15 lakhs from Bangalore. Netting 5 crore during the opening week from India, NANU KI JAANU is a box-office failure.
The other release of the same week, renowned Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s BEYOND THE CLOUDS did receive critical acclaim but the same could not translate into box-office returns as the film barely netted around 2 crore in its opening week from India.
Coming to last Friday’s major releases, Sudhir Mishra’s Richa Chaddha starrer DAAS DEV, Hrishita Bhatt’s ISHQ TERA Hollywood venture, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, the outcome was predictable but not so predictable as well! What we mean is that DAAS DEV was appreciated by select audience but AVENGERS managed the best start and an opening weekend (94-95 crore) which was way beyond expectations. The film is on way to be the biggest Hollywood hit in India, surpassing THE JUNGLE BOOK, before the second week is over. The third release, ISHQ TERA is a washout.