Box Office: Guzaarish opening poor; Harry Potter leads in multiplexes

MUMBAI: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan took a very poor start on Friday, while the much anticipated Hollywood franchise – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 saw a superb opening at the box office in India.
 
As per initial estimates with Businessofcinema.com, Guzaarish’s net collections on Friday were merely Rs 35 million (Rs 3.50 crore). The movie, however, picked up significantly in the evening shows across some metros.
 
On the other hand, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 movie saw occupancy of approximately 65-70 per cent at multiplexes across the country on Friday. The first day net collections of Harry Potter are approximately Rs 25 million (Rs 2.5 crore) in all languages (English, Hindi, Tamil & Telugu). The advance booking, the ratio of Harry Potter v/s Guzaarish across all multiplexes in India was 7:1, while the first day occupancy ratio at multiplexes was 2:1 (Harry Potter v/s Guzaarish). The movie has also been the biggest ever release in terms of prints (531) in India for the Harry Potter franschise till date. However, the movie was released without any digital prints.
 
Internationally, Warner Bros saw $25 million in advance ticket sales for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, which is a record.
 
The other two Hindi films that released along with Guzaarish and Harry Potter were Diwangi Ne Hadh Kar Di and Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu. However, the movies’ performance is nothing to write home about.
 
Stay tuned for updates.

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