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Box Office Report for the Week - 14 Nov 2008
  ´Dostana´ Expected To Rule ; ´EVAB´ Decent ; ´Golmaal Returns´ And ´Fashion´ Crash
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 Upcoming...  Verdict: -
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
This Friday`s exciting new releases include Karan Johar`s Tarun Mansukhani directed `Dostana` and Vinay Pathak`s Shashant Shah directed `Dasvidaniya`. While the Abhishek, John, Priyanka and Bobby (special appearance) starrer `Dostana` us expected to embark on a good start, more so in the cities, the Vinay, Ranvir, Rajat and Neha venture will appeal to the niche multiplex audience of A and B centres. Both `Dostana` and `Dasvidaniya` apparently appear to be on a safe pitch thanks to some super publicity and honest teasers.

 EMI  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
Last Friday`s first new release, the Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd. And Popcorn Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd.`s Sanjay Dutt starrer, `EMI`, was released at 81 cinemas of Bombay thru Raksha Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and had dull to shockingly low opening across India. Trade predicts that `EMI` will meet with a poor fate at the ticket window. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas.

 Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 PB Rating: 4.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 412 unique users): 5.09
 Director: Kaushik Ghatak  Producer: Rajshri Productions Pvt. Ltd.
 Music: Ravindra Jain  Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
 Starring: Sonu Sood, Isha Koppikar, Alok Nath, Smita Jaykar, Anang Desai, Vishal Malhotra, Chhavi Mittal, Amrita Prakash
 Genre:  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The other release of the week, Rajshri Productions Pvt. Ltd.`s `Ek Vivaah..Aisa Bhi` was released by the producers with a limited number of 5 prints in Bombay. The film saw an average opening in Bombay and an encouraging start at the smaller centres. Trade predicts that `Ek Vivaah..Aisa Bhi` may have taken a slow start, but it has the potential to grow from strength to strength. And there are indications of that already. In the Overseas, a limited release strategy for `EVAB` has not really worked. But then Overseas was not a territory where it was expected to achieve too much in the first place!

 Golmaal Returns  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 41.50 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 41.50 crores ; UK$480,660
Rohit Shetty`s `Golmaal Returns` which had netted an astonishing 31 crores in its first five days run, crashed heavily Monday onwards. All the same the week has seen an astonishing total for `Golmaal Returns` from India. But given the heavy procurement price, the battle is far from over for its distributors, Indian Films. In the Overseas, `Golmaal Returns` has grossed decently in the UK, but is very ordinary in the US.

 Fashion  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 19.50 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 19.50 crores ; UK$61,237 ; US$173,551
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Madhur Bhandarkar  Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
 Music: Salim-Sulaiman  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath and Irfan Siddhique
 Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Mugdha Godse, Samir Soni, Arbaaz Khan, Arjan Bajwa, and Arbaaz Khan
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The second `Diwali` release, Madhur Bhandarkar`s `Fashion` too crashed after netting a good 15.90 crores during the extended holiday weekend. Given the rather high budget (for a Bhandarkar film) the producers and also the worldwide distributors UTV Motion Pictures have to rely on non–theatrical rights for even an average status. `Fashion` is a debacle in the Overseas.

 Heroes  Verdict: Average to below average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2.25 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 14.25 crores ; UK$341,973 ; US $655,538
 PB Rating: 6.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Samir Karnik  Producer: Bharat Shah, Vikas Kapoor and Samir Karnik
 Music: Sajid-Wajid and Monty  Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani and Rahul B. Seth
 Starring: Amrita Arora,Bobby Deol,Mithun Chakraborty,Preity Zinta,Salman Khan,Sohail Khan,Sunny Deol,Vatsal Sheth
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Samir Karnik`s mutistarrer `Heroes` could not overcome the pre–`Diwali` release setback and the collections hit rock–bottom. Thankfully, the much appreciated film has managed to get to a decent rating. `Heroes` has also fared quite well in the Overseas.

Previous Weeks Box Office Reports »
 • 'Padmaavat' Is A Super Hit; 'Tiger Zinda Hai' Blockbuster!
 • 'Fukrey Returns' Is A Hit ; 'Firangi' Fails ; 'Tumhari Sulu' Succeeds!
 • 'Ittefaq' Is Dull ; 'Golmaal Again' A Blockbuster;'Secret Superstar' Succeeds; 'Judwaa 2' Is Super Hit!
 • 'Judwaa 2' Is A Hit; 'Bhoomi', 'Haseena Parkar' & 'Simran' Fail; 'Bareilly Ki Barfi', 'Newton' & 'Shubh Mangal..' Succeed!
 • 'Baadshaho' Is Decent ; 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' Succeeds; 'Toilet- EPK' Is Super Hit ; 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' Is A Disaster
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