Will Eklavya stand the test of the box office?

MUMBAI: Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavya – The Royal Guard is loaded with technical finesse, well chosen locations and some good photography. The theme is different, but unconvincing in patches; and the rationale falters in places.


Shringar Films has released the film in the Bombay circuit with 248 prints, including UFOs, DLPs and E-City digital prints. The lure of a multi-star cast, coupled with the long weekend has helped the film generate around 60 to 80 per cent collections in Bombay in the first two days.


Single screen cinemas like Maratha Mandir in Grant Road (Mumbai) which seats 1,107 persons per show registered a 100 per cent collection on the first day (three shows) by collecting Rs 1,01, 757.30. On the second day, (Saturday) the film registered 50 per cent collections against a capacity of Rs 33, 919.10 in its first (3 pm) show.


Kalpana cinema in Kurla, with a capacity to seat 1,188 persons per show, collected Rs 65,997 in four shows on the first day, against the capacity of Rs 87, 073.60 (75.79 per cent). On the second day (Saturday), the film collected Rs 7,100 in the matinee show; but there was just a 35 per cent attendance in its three pm show. The per-show capacity in this theatre is around Rs 21, 768.40.


Pinky cinema in Andheri east, with a seating capacity of 866 people per show, collected around Rs 85,096 with four shows on the first day against the capacity of Rs 1,01,308 ( 83.99 per cent). On the second day, the film collected Rs 10,300 in the matinee show and Rs 10,000 in its first show. The capacity per show in this theatre is Rs 25,327.


Three Bhojpuri films were released this week. Baanke Bihari MLA, a tale of a simpleton who goes on to become an elected representative of the people in the state assembly, has opened in Bombay and other circuits to a good response. Another Bhojpuri film, Senura Ke Laaj, is a devotional drama. In Bombay, it opened at three cinemas but is likely to receive more patronage in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Sach Bhayil Sapanva Hamaar, another Bhojpuri film, was also released to a lukewarm response. In Bombay, it opened at five cinemas.


A dubbed film, Midnight Murder, has released in Delhi-UP, CPCI, East Punjab and West Bengal. Two other dubbed films also released this Friday – Jaanbaaz Rambo opened at six cinemas in Mumbai city, suburbs, Thane and some other circuits, and Jaadui Nagari opened at two cinemas in Bombay.


Inspite of mixed reports, Black Friday has managed to draw fair business in Bombay and some other places. The billing of Bombay, including Thane, is around Rs 12 million (Rs 1.20 crore). All the 46 prints have been engaged in the second week too. The first week collections are – Bombay Rs 96,22,925 from 33 cinemas (69 per cent), Thane Rs 23,36,480 from 14 cinemas (69 per cent), Ahmedabad Rs 8,63,206 from five cinemas (34 per cent), Delhi Rs 31,34,320 from 61 cinemas (33 per cent), Nagpur Rs 1,58,899 from two cinemas (42 per cent), Indore Rs 2,62,960 from four cinemas (30 per cent), Gurgaon Rs 5,72,887 from four cinemas (40 per cent), Jaipur Rs 1,65,361 from two cinemas (34 per cent), Kolkata Rs 8,98,498 from five cinemas (52 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 8,11,768 from four cinemas (49 per cent).


Undertrial’s first week collections were – Bombay Rs 8,13,293 from 10 cinemas (20 per cent), Thane Rs 72,938 from five cinemas (22 per cent). In Bombay, the film entered the second week at two cinemas. In Ahmedabad, the film collected Rs 1,88,582 from eight cinemas (22 per cent), opened at Baroda at one cinema, in Delhi, it collected Rs 3,31,656 from five cinemas (16 per cent), in Nagpur, Rs 36,260 from one cinema (13 per cent), Kolkata Rs 8,98,398 from six cinemas (30 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 95,042 from two cinemas (20 per cent).


Traffic Signal entered the second week in Bombay, collecting Rs 66,37,651 from 41 cinemas (50 per cent), Thane Rs 6,39,730 from four cinemas (44 per cent), entered the third week at 33 cinemas in Bombay, in Ahmedabad, it collected Rs 7,26,000 from eight cinemas (43 per cent), Delhi Rs 18,88,660 from 13 cinemas (31 per cent), Agra Rs 73,967 from one cinema (30 per cent), Faridabad Rs 1,23,207 from one cinema (37 per cent), Nagpur Rs 3,33,680 from two cinemas (37 per cent), Indore Rs 2,20,667 from four cinemas (36 per cent), Jaipur Rs 1,36,750 from two cinemas (37 per cent), Gurgaon Rs 3,44,000 from three cinemas (37 per cent), Kolkata Rs 12,03,000 from 11 cinemas (42 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 7,96,989 from four cinemas (36 per cent).


Salaam-e-Ishq entered the third week in Bombay, collecting Rs 29,63,657 from 26 cinemas (40 per cent), Thane Rs 8,74,759 from nine cinemas (30 per cent). The film entered the fourth week at 22 cinemas in Bombay. In Ahmedabad, it collected Rs 9,16,138 from eight cinemas (34 per cent), Jamnagar Rs 1,43,665 from one cinema (33 per cent), Delhi Rs 11,80,106 from nine cinemas (36 per cent), Agra Rs 1,05,500 from one cinema (31 per cent), Bareilly Rs 62,318 from one cinema (26 per cent), Nagpur Rs 1,91,241 from two cinemas (36 per cent), Indore Rs 2,41,179 from four cinemas (34 per cent), Jaipur Rs 4,58,656 from five cinemas (40 per cent), Ajmer Rs 1,90,161 from one cinema (37 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 9,46,654 from three cinemas (45 per cent).


Risk entered the fourth combined week in Ahmedabad, netting Rs 43,600 from one cinema.


Parzania entered the fourth week at five cinemas in Bombay. In Gurgaon it collected Rs 92,186 from one cinema (14 shows).


Deja vu (English) entered the fourth week in Bombay, collecting Rs 4,73,501 from 14 cinemas. It entered the fifth week in one cinema (Metro Adlabs – daily one show).


Guru entered the fifth week in Bombay, collecting Rs 42,28,603 from 29 cinemas (59 per cent), Thane Rs 52,44,952 from 10 cinemas (58 per cent). The film entered the fifth week at 33 cinemas in Bombay. In Ahmedabad, it collected Rs 21,23,480 from 12 cinemas (58 per cent), Delhi Rs 40,37,942 from 18 cinemas (45 per cent), Agra Rs 1,65,000 from one cinema (36 per cent), Bareilly Rs 61,339 from one cinema (29 per cent), Nagpur Rs 4,88,200 from two cinemas (50 per cent), Indore Rs 4,85,733 from five cinemas (40 per cent), Jaipur Rs 2,61,350 from two cinemas (52 per cnet), Kolkata Rs 14,22,273 from six cinemas (38 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 13,92,389 from five cinemas (39 per cent).


Bhagam Bhaag entered the eighth week in Ahmedabad, netting Rs 83,518 from two cinemas (14 shows).


Kabul Express entered the ninth week in Bombay, collecting Rs 9,085 from one cinema (seven shows).


Dhoom:2 entered the twelfth week in Bombay, collecting Rs 1,50,348 from five cinemas. In Hyderabad, the film collected Rs 1,97,079 from two prints.


Vivaah entered the 15th week at nine cinemas in Bombay and also at other places.


Don entered the 18th combined week at Imperial (matinee shows).


Lage Raho Munnabhai entered the 25th week in Bombay at four cinemas. It also entered the 24th combined week at Ahmedabad, netting Rs 3,190 from one cinema (seven shows). 


Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge entered 591st week in one cinema in Bombay, collecting Rs 20,592 (six shows).

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