Will Black Friday outstrip Traffic Signal?

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MUMBAI: The court’s verdict on the 1993 bomb blasts case brought the curtain down on a sad chapter of Mumbai’s histroy, but also helped aided the release of Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday through Adlabs.

In the Bombay circuit, Adlabs has released around 89 prints, including 18 UFOs and 12 DLPs. Considering that it’s a realistic film and considerably fast paced, it could keep viewer interest alive, and is likely to turn out well in all the major metros.

In Mumbai city, suburbs and Thane, Black Friday opened at Metro Adlabs (five shows), Inox, Apsara (five shows), Central Plaza (one show), Roxy (one show), Fame Nakshatra (one show), Chitra (one show), Plaza, Aurora (one show), Movie Time Suburbia (one show), Galaxy (two shows), Globus (two shows), PVR Juhu, Fame Adlabs (six shows), Fun Republic, Cinemax Versova, 24 Karat, Cinemax Goregaon (two shows), Movie Time Goregaon, Fame Malad (five shows), Movie Time Malad (two shows), Fame Kandivli (five shows), Thakur Kandivli (two shows), Cinemax Growel Kandivli, Ajanta, Movie Gem (two shows), Imax (five shows), Cinemax Sion, Kamran, Sahakar Plaza, Huma Adlabs (five shows), R Adlabs, PVR Mulund (five shows), Cinemax Eternity (Thane – six shows), Cinemax Wonder (Thane), Rassaz (Mira Road), Cinemax (Mira Road), K T Vision (Vasai), Alishan (Mumbra), Gopi (Dombivali – two shows), Tilak (Dombivali – two shows), Ashok (Ulhasnagar), Joker (Kalyan) and Meghdoot (Vashi).

At Galaxy (Bandra), the last show saw a full house, while in Kamran (Kurla) even the 3 pm show saw a full house. The opening day garnered an average of around 60 per cent in Mumbai and other major metros.

On the first day, Galaxy (Bandra) which seats 818, collected Rs 34,137.10 in two shows against a capacity of Rs 47, 804.20 (71.41 per cent). In Kamran (Kurla), which has a seating capacity of 550, the film collected Rs 31, 042.85 in four shows, against a capacity of Rs 43,975.40 (70.59 per cent). Sahakar Plaza (Chembur) has a seating capacity of 924 seats with a capacity of Rs 24,584.80 per show. The film managed to collect Rs 30,984 against the capacity of Rs 98, 339.20 (31.51 per cent) in this theatre.

The Chori Chori Chupke Chupke producer Nazim Rizvi is back with a mediocre film titled Undertrial, based on a real life incident in which a man was charged of continuously raping his three daughters.

There was little chance for the story to develop into a full fledged film if the jail sequences in the first half had been clipped. The portrayal of the domestic life of Rajpal Yadav should have been a little more explanatory. Special mention should be made of Monica Castellino’s performance as Yadav’s wife, who, despite being young, has done a laudable job in the court scenes and as the mother of three daughters. Rajpal Yadav who is known for his comic roles is in a different role altogether. Mukesh Tiwari, Prem Chopra and Kader Khan too make their presence felt.

The film should hopefully provoke some thought among the viewers, although the often impish dialogues will definitely appeal to the front benchers. The film opened to a mixed response, but the going looks tough.

In Mumbai city, suburbs and Thane, Undertrial opened at New Excelsior (three shows), Dreamland (three shows), Fun Republic (one show), Cinemax Versova (one show), Movie Time Goregaon (two shows), Movie Star, Fame Malad (one show), Cinemax Kandivli (one show), Kings, New Vijay, Cinemax Eternity (Thane – one show), Cinemax Wonder (Thane – one show), Gopi (Dombivali – one show), Sapna (Ulhasnagar – two shows), Farhan (Bhiwandi) and Meghraj (Vashi – two shows).

On the first day at New Excelsior (south Mumbai) which has a seating capacity of 1,101, the film collected Rs 89, 441.80 in its three shows, against the capacity of Rs 1,53,391.50 (58.31 per cent). On Saturday (11 February) the box-office figure was Rs 33, 583.80 in its first show (3 pm). Dreamland cinema (Grant Road) which seats 1,037 persons collected Rs 19,061 against the capacity of Rs 53,709 (35.49 per cent) on its first day. On Saturday, the film collected around Rs 3,000 in its first show (3 pm). Cinemax – Versova collected Rs 28,080 from its one afternoon show in Screen-2, which has a seating capacity of 288 persons (100 per cent). In Kings (Kurla) which has a seating capacity of 191 persons, the film collected Rs 5,452 in its first four shows against the capacity of Rs 15, 428.20 (34.70 per cent).

Two Bhojpuri films Dulha Babu and Nautanki too opened this Fridya to lukewarm responses.

According to the budget on which Traffic Signal was made, the film’s business should keep most of the investors happy. Director Madhur Bhandarkar made a startling beginning with Chandni Bar, lived up to expectations with his next film, Page 3, consolidated his position with Corporate, and is now trying his box office luck with his latest, Traffic Signal.

In its first week in Bombay, the film collected Rs 1,36,19,828 from 45 cinemas (67 per cent). Thane Rs 39,63,285 from 22 cinemas (64 per cent), Ahmedabad Rs 19,46,400 from 17 cinemas (62 per cent), Jamnagar Rs 1,58,210 from one cinema (59 per cent), Delhi collected Rs 36,00,000 from 16 cinemas (45 per cent), Agra Rs 1,20,000 from one cinema (50 per cent), Nagpur Rs 3,22,800, Amravati Rs 1,34,270, Indore Rs 4,94,563 from four cinemas (54 per cent), Bikaner Rs 61,850 from one cinema (42 per cent), Kolkata Rs 16,00,000 from eight cinemas (57 per cent), Vijaywada Rs 68,873 from one cinema (59 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 18,89,180 from seven cinemas (62 per cent).

Salaam-e-Ishq’s second week collections were -Bombay Rs 61,48,672 from 41 cinemas (40 per cent), Thane Rs 13,94,805 from 15 cinemas (42 per cent), Ahmedabad Rs 11,05,362 from 12 cinemas (30 per cent), Jamnagar Rs 1,59,067 from one cinema (42 per cent), Delhi Rs 51,00,000 from 24 cinemas (40 per cent), Bareilly Rs 94,244 from one cinema (38 per cent), Agra Rs 1,57,000 from one cinema (53 per cent), Indore Rs 19,00,000 from four cinemas (36 per cent), Ajmer Rs 2,72,532 from one cinema (38 per cent), Bikaner Rs 95,250 from one cinema (36 per cent). The film entered the third week at Amritsar. In Kolkata, it netted Rs 15,00,000 from nine cinemas (38 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 15,11,180 from five cinemas (38 per cent).

Parzania entered the third week in Bombay at 14 cinemas.

Risk ran for four weeks in Bombay at five cinemas. Collections not disclosed from Ahmedabad. Delhi was on fixed hire.

Guru entered fourth week in Bombay, netting Rs 57,34,316 from 30 cinemas (58 per cent), Thane Rs 14,20,668 from 12 cinemas (60 per cent), Ahmedabad Rs 19,48,460 from nine cinemas (67 per cent), Jamnagar Rs 2,41,121 from one cinema (63 per cent), Delhi Rs 36,00,000 from 17 cinemas (42 per cent), Agra Rs 1,40,000 from one cinema (49 per cent), Indore Rs 5,56,099 from five cinemas (48 per cent), Bikaner Rs 49,886 from one cinema (45 per cent), Kolkata Rs 20,00,000 from eight cinemas (52 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 21,18,807 from nine cinemas (60 per cent).

Bhagam Bhag entered the seventh week in Bombay at one cinema (daily one show), collections have not been received. Delhi collected Rs 45,571 from one cinema. The film entered the seventh week at Amritsar.

Kabul Express entered eighth week in Bombay at one cinema (matinee show) Rs 3,647.

Dhoom:2 entered eleventh week in Bombay Rs 1,04,016 from four cinemas, Delhi Rs 1,52,636 from four cinemas, Agra Rs 18,000 from one cinema, and entered the twelfth week at Amritsar.

Vivah entered the thirteenth week in Ahmedabad, netting Rs 1,22,795 from two cinemas (38 per cent), and tenth week in Jamnagar, netting Rs 24,961 from one cinema (31 per cent), Bareilly Rs 32,332 from one cinema (40 per cent), Agra Rs 32,000 from one cinema (23 per cent), Aligarh Rs 20,400 from one cinema (26 per cent).The film entered the fourteenth week at Gwalior, Jodhpur, Amritsar and Hyderabad.

Don entered the seventeenth combined week in Bombay at one cinema in matinee shows.

Lage Raho Munnabhai entered the 24th week in Bombay at four cinemas.

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge entered the 591st week at Maratha Mandir in the matinee show.