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Box Office Report for the Week - 5 Sep 2008
  A ´Hijack´ And ´A Wednesday´ ; ´Rock On!!´ Rocks On, Rest Flounder!
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 Upcoming...  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
With the lean month of Ramzan having started, the film business is all set to take a hit. However, the effect has somewhat been diluted by the Ganpati festivities in western India. All the same, this week sees two new releases in the form of Shiney Ahuja`s `Hijack` and the Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher starrer, `A Wednesday`. While `Hijack` has a lot at stake for Shiney and the taut action drama may appeal to a section of the audience, it is `A Wednesday` that may surprise, based on its super handling and across-the-board acclaim from all those who have seen it.

 Rock On  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 PB Rating: 8.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Abhishek Kapoor  Producer: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani (Excel Films)
 Music: Shankar Ehsaan and Loy  Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
 Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Prachi Desai, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Luke Kenny, Shahana Goswami,Koel Puri
 Genre: Social  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Last Friday had another big surprise in store as Abhishek Kapoor`s Arjun-Farhan starrer `Rock On!!`, released at 60 cinemas of Bombay and suburbs by Big Pictures, was off to a superb start. Outside of Bombay, the opening was very good in select cities but dull in single-screen cinemas and smaller cities and towns. Trade expects that `Rock On!!` will do extremely well in Mysore circuit and in cities like Bombay, Pune, Delhi, Calcutta, Gurgaon and Hyderabad. However, business may not be on the same level in circuits like U.P., Bihar, C.P.C.I. and Rajasthan.

 Mukhbiir  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 Director: Mani Shankar  Producer: Sudhish Rambhotla
 Music: Karthik Raja, Shashi Pritam (Pritam & Sandeep Chowta as guest composers)  Lyrics: P.K. Mishra and Iqbal Patni
 Starring: Sameer Dattani, Sunil Shetty, Om Puri, Rahul Dev, Raima Sen, Sushant Singh, Jackie Shroff (Special Appearance)
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: General
The remaining releases of the week - `C Kkompany`, `Chamku` and `Mukhbiir` - are all set to be losing prepositions, barring may be `C Kkompany` (to an extent) in Bombay and `Chamku` in U.P. and Bihar. While `C Kkompany` was off to a dull start, both `Chamku` and `Mukhbiir` were poor across India.

 Mumbai Meri Jaan  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 PB Rating: 9.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Nishikant Kamat  Producer: Ronnie Screwala / UTV Motion Pictures
 Music:  Lyrics:
 Starring: Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Madhavan, Soha Ali Khan, Vijay Maurya, Sameer Dharmadhikari
 Genre: Social  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The critically acclaimed `Mumbai Meri Jaan` got some advantage of positive feedback and managed to get in some decent collections at select multiplexes of Bombay and Pune.

 Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam  Verdict: Flop
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 2 crores
Meanwhile the Rahul Bose-Mallika Sherawat starrer, `Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam` failed to do a `Pyaar Ke Side Effects` and was rejected by the audience.

 Phoonk  Verdict: Hit plus
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 6.75 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 6.75 crores
Ram Gopal Varma`s surprise success, the starless `Phoonk`, obtained good collections, especially from the Bombay circuit. The 3 crore `Phoonk` manages very impressive shares in its opening week.

 God Tussi Great Ho  Verdict: Flop
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2.75 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 14.25 crores ; UK£1,11,111 ; US$163,756
 PB Rating: 5.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Rumi Jaffery  Producer: Afzal Khan
 Music: Sajid-Wajid  Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani, Shabbir Ahmed, Sajid Farhad, Deven Shukla
 Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Manisha Koirala, Sohail Khan, Satish Kaushik, Anumpan Kher, Dilip Tahil, Sanjay Mishra, Beena Kak
 Genre: Comedy  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Rumi Jafry`s Amitabh, Salman and Priyanka starrer,`God Tussi Great Ho`, after a quite ordinary first week, crashed further in the second one. The film has been rejected worldwide.

 Bachna Ae Haseeno  Verdict: Semi-hit
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 9.25 crores ; UK£13,892  Total Earnings: India Rs. 30 crores ; UK£294,057 ; US$691,678
 PB Rating: 5.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Siddarth Anand  Producer: Yash Raj Films
 Music: Vishal & Shekhar  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan
 Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Bashu, and Minissha Lamba
 Genre: Romantic  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Moving on Yash Raj`s Bipasha, Ranbir, Deepika and Minissha starrer, `Bachna Ae Haseeno`, the movie maintained quite well, especially in big cities like Bombay, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Delhi. The film is Yash Raj`s next success, almost a year after `Chak De India`. `Bachna Ae Haseeno` has also done reasonably well in the Overseas, especially US.

 Singh is Kinng  Verdict: Hit plus
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 7.75 crores ; UK£39,821  Total Earnings: India Rs. 69.25 crores ; UK£1,306,736 ; US$1,907,733
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Anees Bazmee  Producer: Vipul Shah
 Music: Pritam  Lyrics: Mayur Puri
 Starring: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia, Javed Jaffrey, Kiron Kher, Ranvir Shorey, Kamal Chopra, Yashpal Sharma, Om Puri, Sonu Sood, Sudhanshu Pandey
 Genre: Comedy  Recommended Audience: General
Vipul Shah`s Anees Bazmee directed `Singh Is Kinng` takes another fall but thanks (mainly) to the huge first week and the decent second one, its already a hit plus. In the midst of the ten new releases (after it), the film still manages substantial shares, especially from North. The film has also done exceedingly well in the Overseas.

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