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Box Office Report for the Week - 26 Feb 2009
  Below Par Start For ´Delhi 6´ ; ´Billu´ Has Ordinary Collections Post Weekend!
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The coming week will see no major release and the trend is likely to continue for a few more Fridays! The reason is simple. The IPL Twenty20 cricket matches are expected to take away a major chunk of the audience, coupled with the ongoing board exam phase in most parts of the country.

 Upcoming...  Verdict: Releasing
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
The only decent (new) release is going to be Ajay Chandhok’s Arshad Warsi, Ashish Chaudhary, Aarti Chabaria and Udita Goswami starrer `Kisse Pyaar Karoon?`. It will have for company Rajat Kapoor`s `Siddharth -The Prisoner`. Both the films are likely to go unnoticed.

 Delhi-6  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: UK$167,898 ; US$602,850  Total Earnings: UK$167,898 ; US$602,850
 PB Rating: 7.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Rakeysh Mehra  Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
 Music: A.R. Rahman  Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
 Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ash King, Atul Kulkarni, Charlie Bayot, Cyrus Sahukar, Deepak Dobriyal, Divya Dutta, Gulshan Grover, K.K. Raina, Nello Del Gatto, Om Puri, Pavan Malhotra, Prem Chopra, Rishi Kapoor,Shefali Shah,Sonam Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi, Vijay Raaz, Waheeda Rahman
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
One of the most awaited projects of the first quarter of 2009, the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directed, Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor starrer, `Delhi 6`, released in Bombay through UTV Motion Pictures themselves, saw a below average start. Outside of Bombay, the film saw an opening that was good at places and dull at most others. The collections did pick up slightly on Saturday and by quite a bit on Sunday. Trade feels that nothwithstanding its wonderuful music, `Delhi 6` is too metaphorical for the masses, but may appeal to to a section of multiplex audience (mainly in North India. The film has done quite well in the US but not in the UK.

 Billu Barber  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 19.25 crores ; UK$103,112 ; US$73,977  Total Earnings: India Rs. 19.25 crores ; UK$671,597 ; US$698,910
 PB Rating: 3.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Priyadarshan  Producer: Gauri Khan
 Music: Pritam  Lyrics: Gulzar, Neeraj Shridhar, Sayeed Quadri, Aashish Pandit, Mayur Puri
 Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Asrani, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav
 Genre: Comedy  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Priyadarshan’s Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta and Shah Rukh Khan (extended special appearance) venture, `Billu`, which was off to a dull start, managed to improve during the weekend, more so on Sunday, but its collections dropped sharply as the week progressed. Given the fact that EROS International has procured the worldwide rights (including some non-theatrical rights) of the film for 35 crores, the distributors may just about break into safe territory. However, some of the sub-distributors (who obtained the rights from EROS at quite steep prices) are going to lose. In the Overseas, `Billu` has done average business.

 The Stoneman Murders  Verdict: Disaster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.70 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 0.70 crore
The Arbaaz and Kay Kay starrer, `The Stoneman Murders` sank like a rock!

 Jugaad  Verdict: Washout
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.15 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 0.15 crore
The third Valentine week release (apart from `Billu` and `The Stoneman Murders`), Manoj-Hrishita`s `Jugaad` is a washout.

 Dev.D  Verdict: Above average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 3.40 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 12 crores ; US$18,613
 Director: Anurag Kashyap  Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
 Music: Amit Trivedi  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Shellee, Amit Trivedi, Shruti Pathak
 Starring: Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Parakh Mohan, Dibyendu Bhattacharya
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Anurag Kashyap’s Abhay Deol starrer `Dev D` manages to hold on at select cinemas, particularly in North India, but is on its way out at most others. All the same `Dev D` manages to become just the second success of 2008, after `Raaz-The Mystery Continues..`

Previous Weeks Box Office Reports »
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 • '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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