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Box Office Report for the Week - 8 Feb 2009
  New Releases Disappoint ; ´Luck By Chance´ Is Unlucky ; ´Victory´ Gets Defeated´ ; ´Raaz-TMC...´ Succeeds
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The new releases of the coming week are quite diverse and interesting. The list includes Anurag Kashyap`s Abhay Deol, Mahi and Kalki Koetchlin starrer `Dev D`; the Madhureeta Anand directed Arbaaz, Raima and Randeep project, `Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye`, and veteran producer Rajiv Kumar`s Govinda starrer `Chal Chala Chal`. It seems to be straight contest between `Dev D` and `MKMJA`. While things appear better for `Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye` due to a more sensible promotion, `Dev D` has the capacity to surprise. The last named `Chal Chala Chal` is likely to sink without a trace.

 Victory  Verdict: Flop
 Weekly Earnings: UK$7,057  Total Earnings: UK$7,057
 PB Rating: 5.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Ajitpal Mangat  Producer: Manmohan Shetty, Ajitpal Mangat
 Music: Anu Malik  Lyrics: Syed Gulrez, Amitabh Varma
 Starring: Harman Baweja, Amrita Rao, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover, Dilip Tahil, Brett Lee
 Genre: Social  Recommended Audience: General
Ajitpal Mangat`s Harman Baweja and Amrita Rao starrer `Victory` was an expected non-starter from the first show. Released at around 85 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru PVR Pictures Ltd.), the film saw a horrifyingly low to disastrous opening. The film has already been declared a big flop.

 Luck By Chance  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: UK$107,299 ; US$216,918  Total Earnings: UK$107,299 ; US$216,918
 PB Rating: 7.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Zoya Akhtar  Producer: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
 Music: Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy  Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
 Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Kapoor, Isha Sharwani, Hrithik Roshan, Saurabh Shukla, Aly Khan
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Debutante director Zoya Akhtar`s `Luck By Chance`, released at 84 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru Big Pictures), saw a weak to poor opening. The Farhan Akhtar and Konkona Sen Sharma starrer showed some improvement over the weekend but that was not something to write home about. The film has also under-performed in the Overseas.

 Raaz - The Mystery Continues  Verdict: Above Average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 20 crores ; UK$18,971  Total Earnings: India Rs. 20 crores ; UK$106,849
 PB Rating: 6.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Mohit Suri  Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
 Music: Raju Singh  Lyrics: Saeed Quadri
 Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Renaut, Adhyayan Suman
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Just as we had predicted, the Bhatts have managed to notch up the year`s first success with Mohit Suri`s `Raaz-The Mystery Continues...` The moderate budget venture has become the biggest opener of Emraan Hashmi`s career, surpassing last year`s `Jannat` for the same banner by almost 5 crores! The film may well be the year`s first official hit, despite a slump in collections from the fifth day onwards.

 Slumdog Millionaire  Verdict: Below Average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 9 crores (English  Total Earnings: India Rs. 9 crores (English and Hindi)
 PB Rating: 10.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 411 unique users): 5.12
 Director: Danny Boyle  Producer: Christian Colson / Fox Searchlight Pictures
 Music: A.R. Rahman  Lyrics: Raquib Alam, Gulzar, Blaaze, Wendy Parr, M.I.A., A.R. Rahman, & Tanvi Shah
 Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Rajendranath Zutshi, Freida Pinto, Jeneva Talwar, Irfan Khan
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The internationally acclaimed `Slumdog Millionaire` could not translate the same into box-office returns in India, be it the dubbed version `Slumdog Crorepati` or the original English version.

 Chandni Chowk to China  Verdict: Flop
 Weekly Earnings: Hindi)  Total Earnings: India Rs. 30 crores ; UK$696,381; US$912,585
 PB Rating: 5.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Nikhil Advani  Producer: Ramesh Sippy, Mukesh Talreja, Rohan Sippy
 Music: Kailasa, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Bappi Lahiri, & Bohemia  Lyrics: Rajat Arora, Shaily Shailendra, Kailash Kher, Bohemia
 Starring: Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Ranvir Shorey, Mithun Chakraborty, Roger Yuan, Gordon Liu
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
After an ordinary first week, Nikhil Advani`s `Chandni Chowk To China`, crashed badly in the second week. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas.

 Ghajini  Verdict: All Time Blockbuster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 3 crores ; UK$24,330 ; US$17,409  Total Earnings: India Rs. 113 crores ; UK$1,059,429 ; US$2,444,668
 PB Rating: 8.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 411 unique users): 5.11
 Director: A.R. Murugadoss  Producer: Allu Arving & Madhu Varma
 Music: A.R. Rahman  Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
 Starring: Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Aamir Khan`s `Ghajini` continues to bring in good numbers. It has already netted an unheard of amount in just five weeks from India and is also Aamir Khan`s biggest hit in the Overseas.

 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi  Verdict: All Time Blockbuster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2.50 crores ; UK$2,475  Total Earnings: India Rs. 86 crores ; UK$2,178,914 ; US$2,078,956
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 411 unique users): 5.12
 Director: Aditya Chopra  Producer: Yash Raj Films
 Music: Salim-Sulaiman  Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni
 Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
 Genre: Romantic  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
`Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi` has entered fifty days of its run and apart from being the biggest grosser for Yash Raj Films it is now the highest grosser for Shah Rukh Khan, crossing `Om Shanti Om`. The SRK, Anushka and Vinay is already a blockbuster hit 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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