Archive for May, 2011


The advance of Ready opened at single screens and results were fantastic. All over India, it was a unanimous verdict from single screen exhibitors.

The advance at single screens matched that of Dabangg and even bettered it at places. There is no doubt that the single screen opening on Friday is going to be humungous. It will be either best or second best ever. The results at multiplexes will tell if the right buzz and hype has been created for the film.

As Ready is Salman’s first release after Dabangg it will be compared to Dabangg even though Dabangg smashed all opening records by a distance.

Most in the trade seem to feel it will not have an opening weekend like Dabangg as the feeling is that promos are not as strong as Dabanng’s. But Salman is there and two hit songs, the Friday could come up to match Dabangg. If the film has good content then the Dabangg weekend is definitely under threat.

Source – BOI

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The top opening worldwide weekends for 2010-2011 are as follows. All Figures are GROSS.

1. Dabangg – 76.69 crore (All Time Record)

2. My Name Is Khan – 65.30 crore

3. Tees Maar Khan – 58.93 crore

4. Golmaal 3 – 55.92 crore

5. Raajneeti – 54.85 crore

6. Housefull – 50.62 crore

7. Kites – 48.54 crore

8. Yamla Paga Deewana – 37.53 crore

9. I Hate Luv Storys – 37.49 crore

10. Anjaana Anjaani – 37.28 crore

11. Khatta Meetha – 35.90 crore

12. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai – 31.05 crore

13. Raavan – 29.26 crore

14. Veer – 28.95 crore

15. Thank You – 28.37 crore

Source – BOI

Huge Competition On 1st July

The 1st of July will see a huge clash at the box office with two major Hindi releases in Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap and Delhi Belly and competition from a Hollywood biggie in the form of Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon.

The two Hindi films coming on the same day would have been okay as they cater to different audiences but with Transformers 3 on the same day it makes it makes it tough as Transformers 3 will get an audience in India.

It becomes even tougher for the Hindi films as it’s not only competition on the release day but a week before there is Double Dhamaal which will keep some screen space in its second week and all of July has major releases.

A very strong opening is a must today but it becomes even more important for the two Hindi releases on 1st July as they release in a heavy release period.

Source – BOI

Stanley Ka Dabba which went tax free in Delhi a few days back is also likely to get an entertainment tax exemption in Maharashtra. The film should benefit a little as 60% of its all India business is coming from Maharashtra and Delhi city. A few years back Taare Zameen Par started going tax free in week two and it helped the film tremendously but the difference is that when Taare Zameen Par went tax free it was collecting well where it was running with good occupancies. Here with Stanley Ka Dabba, the collections are on the lower side so it may not have a huge affect. The lifetime share of Stanley Ka Dabba was likely to be 2.50 if it did not get tax exemption, now it remains to be seen how much more it will do with the exemption.

Source – BOI

Haunted 3D may emerge the top film of the week in its second week despite four new releases.

Haunted 3D has remained rock steady in its second week. The collections on its second Friday were 90 lakhs approx and second Monday was 80 lakhs approx. The film is sustaining supremely well at most places.

The second week of Haunted 3D is looking to finish at around 6.50 crore nett and this is where the best of the new releases Ragini MMS will finish its first week.

The two week business of Haunted 3D will be near 21 crore nett as it heads for 25 crore nett plus lifetime business. It is by far the highest grossing horror Hindi film ever.

Source – BOI

Hollywood is looking to dominate again at the box office. A couple of weeks back it was Fast & Furious 5 which took by far the best opening and even last week it was Priest in terms of occupancies.

This week it will be Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides leaving the Hindi releases like Pyaar Ka Punchnama and 404 amongst others well behind.

The 3D version of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has a decent advance and will therefore record good collections over the weekend. The 2D version may not be as strong but still likely to score over the new Hindi releases.

Source – BOI

The top twenty all India second week nett collections are as follows.

1. Three Idiots (2009) – 56.24 crore

2. Dabangg (2010) – 35.97 crore

3. Golmaal (2010) – 31.92 crore

4. Ghajini (2008) – 26.50 crore

5. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) – 24.56 crore

6. Raajneeti (2010) – 23.92 crore

7. Om Shanti Om (2007) – 22.18 crore

8. Dhoom 2 (2006) – 21.07 crore

9. Welcome (2009) – 19.44 crore

10. Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na (2008) – 18.34 crore

11. Partner (2007) – 18.30 crore

12. Krissh (2006) – 17.48 crore

13. My Name Is Khan (2010) – 17.55 crore

14. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) – 17.37 crore

15. Wanted (2009) – 17.33 crore

16. Love Aaj Kal (2009) – 16.39 crore

17. Chak De India (2007) – 16.31 crore

18. Singh Is Kinng (2008) – 16.12 crore

19. Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) – 15.08 crore

20. Race (2007) – 14.89 crore

21. Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) – 14.73 crore

22. All The Best (2009) – 14.56 crore

23. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) – 14.54 crore

24. Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) – 14.42 crore

25. Fanaa (2006) – 14.15 crore

Source – BOI

Fast & Furious 5 is looking like becoming one of the biggest grossers ever from Hollywood. The film had a very good first week in all languages with the second weekend being rock steady all over. In ten days it has already grossed around 22 crore. The film was first choice at many theatres in its second weekend and was still generating the best revenues per print even though there were new releases and Haunted doing very well.

Till date the biggest grossers from Hollywood in India are as follows. The figures are for all languages and approx gross figures.

1. 2012 (2009) – 80 crore

2. Titanic (1998) – 70 crore

3. Avatar (2009) – 65 crore

4. Spiderman 3 (2007) – 45 crore

Fast & Furious 5 is likely to be the next best as it grosses around 30-35 crore in its lifetime run.

NOTE- All figures above are GROSS and not nett.

Source – BOI

Haunted Emerges Major Success

Haunted has emerged the fourth major winner of the year after Yamla Pagla Deewana, Tanu Weds Manu and No One Killed Jessica.

The film has help up strongly in its second weekend as it grossed over 3.50 crore nett. The ten day total is around 18 crore and two weeks will end up at around 20 crore nett. The drop from first weekend to second weekend is just 55%.

The success has come in the form of strong business in single screens. The film had a small multiplex release with 4-5 shows on average and its after a long time that a film has grossed this high with that sort of multiplex release.

The film is excellent at B centres across the country especially CP Berar and CI. A centre like Bhopal recorded nearly 30 lakhs business in week one which is similar to the first week billing of a big film like Thank You from Bhopal.

Source – BOI

MMS Ragini failed to show major growth on Saturday and Sunday. The collections were just slightly higher on Saturday and Sunday. The film has good money for the makers but distributors may not cover there costs unless Monday surprises and holds on better than anticipated. The weekend business was in the 4.25-4.50 crore range.

Mumbai – 1.82 crore

Delhi/UP – 96 lakhs

East Punjab – 43 lakhs

West Bengal – 23 lakhs

CP Berar – 14 lakhs

CI – 10 lakhs

Rajasthan – 11 lakhs

Nizam – 20 lakhs

Mysore – 26 lakhs

Others -15 lakhs

Total – 4.40 crore

Source – BOI