Krrish rules even after 4 weeks…!

Saves this week with Aksar
Killer and Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota fail to sustain

MUMBAI :Five films released this week. Of which, three were dubbed versions. Unlike their last film Gangster, this time Vishesh Films’ Killer inspired from Hollywood thriller Collateral fails to ring any bell at the box-office. ‘Kisser Kid’ Emraan Hashmi and Nisha Kothari’s oozing sex could not woo the audiences. In Bombay, the film registered a 60% plus collection in the suburbs. But the ‘killer instinct’ of the Bhatt camp was missing in other parts of the city. The action thriller may find patrons in the interiors rather than cities and multiplexes and that too through word by mouth.

Though Naseeruddin Shah has proved his mettle as the director with Cat Films’ Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota…What if? , the film has opened to dismal response. The film stars Jimmy Shergill, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ayesha Takia, Boman Irani, Irfaan Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah and Paresh Rawal. However, Shah had succeeded in extracting good performances from all the actors even in the smallest of role. Except in some parts of Bombay suburbs where the opening was 60%, the rest were around 30 to 40%. Overall the film is said to be for elite audiences.

Dubbed films Sagar Kanya starring Venkatesh and Shilpa Shetty; Samundar Ke Lootere (the Hindi version of Hollywood film Pirates of the Caribbean) and Shaitaan Ki Premika were also released.

Though the firework was missing this weekend, the silver lining was the silver jubilee celebration of Aksar at Bombay’s Naaz cinema in matinee shows and other places too. This year, Aksar is the second film after Rang De Basanti to achieve the feat of crossing the 25 weeks. The third one which is in the pipe-line of accomplishing this deed is Rafta Rafta – The Speed. The film is running its 23rd week in the matinee show at Dreamland cinema, Bombay. Produced by Venus Records and Tapes Pvt. Ltd. in association with Siddhivinayak Creations, Aksar stars Dino Morea, Emraan Hashmi, Udita Goswami, Tara Sharma and Rajat Bedi. Directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan the film has music by Himmesh Reshammiya.

The collections of Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision and K. Sera Sera’s Golmaal – Fun Unlimited in its 1st week were limited, though at most of the places, the box-office results looked satisfactory. But comparing the cost with income, is a grave situation at many places, the box-office results were just satisfactory. But the makers having pocketed few millions of table profits are undeterred. The film was released all over India with more than 220 prints. Overseas distributor Venus Entertainment who has distributed the film in U.K. has a different story. It is reported that the film had collected Pounds-Sterling 51,267 from 28 screens in the opening weekend. The film is ranking at the 8 th position.

Bombay collected Rs. 2,52,49,400 from 46 cinemas (76%). In Gujarat circuit, Ahmedabad fetched around Rs. 80 lakhs from 20-odd cinemas; while Jamnagar it was Rs. 4,46,657 from 2 cinemas (80%). In Delhi the take-away was Rs. 1.30 crore from 25 cinemas (70%) whereas in parts of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) the film grossed roughly around 70 to 80 % – Noida Rs. 21,84,748 from 2 cinemas; Ghaziabad Rs. 25,35,634 from 7 cinemas; Meerut Rs. 6,97,400 from 2 cinemas; Kanpur Rs. 10,51,000 on 3 prints; Moradabad Rs. 1,21,018 from 1 print; Allahabad Rs. 1,84,049 from 1 print; Aligarh Rs. 2,80,000 on 1 print; Faridabad Rs. 6,86,148 (35 shows) from 1 cinema and Gurgaon Rs. 21,31,591 from 3 cinemas (112 shows). In parts of C.P.Berar – C.I. – Rajasthan circuits the film managed to cling on to 70 – 80% collections. C.P.:- Nagpur Rs. 8,58,000 from 4 cinemas; C.I.:- Ujjain Rs. 1,13,000 on 1 print; Rajasthan:- Jaipur Rs. 18,10,500 from 5 cinemas; Bikaner Rs. 2,82,672 on 1 print. Kolkata collected Rs. 40,04,835 from 12 cinemas (80%); whereas in Southern circuit: Hyderabad grossed Rs. 43,61,452 from 12 cinemas (85%) and Vijayawada Rs. 1,53,254 on 1 print (80%).

Husn-Love and Betrayal from the house of Sultan Ahmed had a disastrous start. In its 1 st week it managed to collect 35% in Bombay (Rs. 5,22,500) while in Thane it was Rs. 96,834 from 1 print (43%). Delhi-U.P. collections are disheartening. It collected Rs. 1,21,525 from 2 cinemas (21%) and in Aligarh Rs. 17,958 on 1 print (20%). Jaipur collected Rs. 90,713 from 2 cinemas (22%).

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India have expressed grave concern over the way the ‘Corporate World’ has been projected in Corporate. According to them the film paints the entire ‘Corporate’ sector in the same brush, portraying industrial houses as ruthless, heartless and hand in glove with some of the corrupt politicians.

Corporate saw a drop of 15 to 25% in the second week. In Bombay it collected Rs. 40,88,893 from 25 cinemas (60%); Ahmedabad Rs. 12,65,043 from 9 cinemas (52%); Delhi Rs. 28,72,005 from 14 cinemas (45%); Ghaziabad Rs. 4,36,909 from 6 cinemas (55%); Meerut Rs. 1,08,408 from 2 cinemas (46%); Noida Rs. 10,00,729 from 2 multiplex cinemas (56%); Allahabad Rs. 45,808 from 1 cinema (43%); Kanpur Rs. 2,15,000 on 2 print (48%); Nagpur Rs. 2,22,113 on 1 print (53%); Indore Rs. 1,50,300 from 3 cinemas (46%); Jaipur Rs. 2,79,908 from 2 cinemas (48%); Bikaner Rs. 28,383 on 1 print (32%) and Hyderabad Rs. 6,29,506 from 3 cinemas (60%). Telugu version of the film opened in 16 cities this week.

Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish is going great guns even after 4 weeks. In Overseas the film is at the 12 th position in UK, collecting Pounds-Sterling 615,862 in four weeks from 24 screens. In Bombay Rs. 65,50,161 from 40 cinemas (65%); Thane Rs. 19,32,648 from 9 cinemas (60%); Ahmedabad Rs. 28,79,576 from 13 cinemas (60%); Jamnagar Rs. 2,29,290 on 1 print (62%); Delhi Rs. 59,09,324 from 20 cinemas (55%); Faridabad Rs. 2,98,641 on 1 print (42 shows) (68%); Noida Rs. 5,88,352 from 2 cinemas (70%);Ghaziabad Rs. 7,80,819 from 7 cinemas (60%); Gurgaon Rs. 9,69,285 from 3 cinemas (63%); Meerut Rs. 2,63,822 from 2 cinemas (68%); Modinagar 31,575 from 1 cinema (40%); Kaushambi Rs. 4,55,203 from 3 cinemas (70%); Moradabad Rs. 1,60,000 on 1 print (68%); Allahabad Rs. 1,74,924 on 1 print (60%); Aligarh Rs. 2,71,742 on 1 print (65%); Nagpur Rs. 3,94,312 on 1 print (68%); Jaipur Rs. 6,84,537 from 3 cinemas (70%); Indore Rs. 5,07,960 from 3 cinemas (68%); Jalgaon Rs. 91,377 on 1 print (56%); Ujjain Rs. 1,03,000 from 1 print (46%); Sehore Rs. 1,48,335 on 1 print (48%); Bikaner Rs. 1,12,265 on 1 print (49%); Kolkata Rs. 34,65,585 from 15 cinemas (53%); Hyderabad Rs. 19,62,500 from 4 cinemas (63%) and Vijayawada Rs. 14,54,360 from 1 print (68%).

Phir Hera Pheri, the sequel to Hera Pheri, in its 6 th week has averaged to 35 to 45% collections. Bombay Rs. 11,54,407 from 25 cinemas (39%); Thane Rs. 2,03,921 from 7 cinemas (38%); Ahmedabad 3.80 Lacs from 7 cinemas (45%); Jamnagar Rs. 53,322 on 1 print (28%); Allahabad Rs. 67,057 on 1 print (31%); Aligarh Rs. 27,645 on 1 print; Noida Rs. 51,437 on 1 print (14 shows) (33%); Gurgaon 14 shows 67,767 on 1 print (38%); Bikaner 39,659 on 1 print (43%); Ujjain 26,600 on 1 print (30%); Jaipur 1,05,765 from 1 print (50%); and Hyderabad 4,21,406 from 3 cinemas (60%).

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