KANK fails to beat Krrish

Mumbai: Karan Johar’s latest offering at the box office – the multistarrer Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK) had the biggest weekend opening ever abroad for an Indian film, but could not sustain for long.

Hushed whispers in the trade did suggest that KANK would emulate and even beat the first week collections of Krrish, which stood at close to 100%, but failed at the final hurdle.

For instance, figures coming in from 3 Mumbai theatres go thus:

1st week collection Galaxy was Rs 7,94,432.65 (Capacity of Rs 8,11,721.40 from 28 shows) with a percentage of 97.87. But the 8th day collection was just 50% – a sharp drop by all means.

The legendary theatre – Minerva managed
to collect Rs 9,36,9910.80 (Capacity of Rs 12,64,533.90 from 21 shows) with a percentage of 76.70. But the 8th day collection was Rs 8,000 (Capacity of Rs 18,570.95) and the newly opened Parvati Cinemall at Vasai managed to eke outRs 3,45,000 (Capacity of Rs 4,31,480 from 28 shows) with a percentage of 79.95. The 8th day collections were merely 60%.

But KANK has been getting better figures abroad, clearly indicating that the film has been made for the NRIs who love stars, song and dance with a dash of India.

EDI-Nielson, United Kingdom’s box office trackers reported that Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna managed a solid £754,877 in its opening weekend in the United Kingdom beating the earlier Shah Rukh starrer from Yash Chopra Veer Zaara which collected £468,205. KANK thus also eclipsed the collections of Karan Johar’s previous box office juggernaut Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.