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Box Office Report for the Week - 17 Oct 2008
  ´Karzzzz´ To Open Well ; ´Hello´ Is A Mixed Bag ; ´Drona´ Fails ; ´Kidnap´ To Lose!
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 Upcoming...  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
This week will see the release of composer–singer Himesh Reshammiya`s second film as an actor, `Karzzzz`, and the Jagmohan Mundhra directed `Shoot On sight`. There is no competition really as the Satish Kaushik directed remake of the Subhash Ghai classic, `Karz`, in its new `avatar`, `Karzzzz`, will take a good start, especially at the single screens. However, what must be kept in mind is that unlike Himesh`s low budget `Aap Kaa Surroor`, his latest venture `Karzzzz` has been procured at quite a stiff price and so it has to sustain.

 Hello  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: UK£20,013  Total Earnings: UK£20,013
 Director: Atul Agnihotri  Producer: Percept Picture Company
 Music: Sajid Wajid  Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani
 Starring: Salman Khan, Sharman Joshi,Sohail Khan,Katrina Kaif,Isha Koppikar,Amrita Arora,Gul Panag
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
As predicted, the open week and the Salman Khan song helped `Hello` towards achieving a good start. Some were under the misimpression that both Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif had full–fledged roles in the Atul Agnihotri directed film. Released at 73 cinemas of Bombay and suburbs, the opening was fair in the multiplexes. Outside of Bombay the opening in multiplexes of big cities was very good. Trade feels that on the whole, `Hello` will work in the multiplexes of the big cities but will fail to entice the audience in smaller towns and `C` class centres. A major chunk of its revenues will come from cities like Bombay, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Gurgaon, Indore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and the likes. Keeping its modest budget in mind and the impressive start that it has taken in the cities, `Hello` should keep its distributors happy, given that its satellite rights would also fetch a decent price. `Hello`has however been rejected totally in the Overseas, grossing a pathetic collections.

 Drona  Verdict: Flops
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 11crores ; UK£12,686 ; $147,625  Total Earnings: India Rs. 11crores ; UK£1,53,101 ; US$443,816
 PB Rating: 6.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Goldie Behl  Producer: Shrishti Arya, Sunil Lulla
 Music: Dhruv Ghanekar  Lyrics: Vaibhav Modi
 Starring: Abhishek Bachchan,Priyanka Chopra,Kay Kay Menon,Jaya Bachchan
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The sad failure of `Drona` has sent shock waves through the trade and industry. After a good first day the film kept on falling badly as the week progressed. The film presented by EROS International, is said to have cost the corporate around 45 crores. Rough estimates (as per a leading trade journal) put the expected loss at 30 crores. The Abhishek, Priyanka and Kay Kay starrer has also been rejected in the Overseas though it is better in the US.

 Kidnap  Verdict: Set to lose
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 19.50 crores ; UK£38,726  Total Earnings: India Rs. 19.50 crores ; UK£330,179
 PB Rating: 4.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Sanjay Gadhvi  Producer: Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Pvt. Ltd.
 Music: Pritam, Sanjay and Sandeep Vyas  Lyrics: Mayur Puri
 Starring: Imran Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Minissha Lamba, Vidya Malvade, Rahul Dev, Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora, Reema Lagoo, Raj Zutshi
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
As we had indicated last week, the collections of `Kidnap` started dropping from the second day itself and were quite dull even on Sunday. `Kidnap` may not have fared as badly as `Drona` but it will nevertheless entailed losses to the Indian Film Company, which acquired its worldwide rights from Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Limited. The Sanjay Gadhvi directed Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan and Minissha Lamba starrer has also been rejected in the Overseas, though it is decent in the UK.

 Welcome To Sajjanpur  Verdict: Semi-hit
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.65 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 10.50 crores
 PB Rating: 8.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Shyam Benegal  Producer: UTV Spotboy
 Music: Shantanu Moitra  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire & Ashok Mishra
 Starring: Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao, Ravi Kishan, Ila Arun, Divya Dutta, Yashpal Sharma, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Ravi Jhankal
 Genre: Family  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Shyam Benegal`s `Welcome To Sajjanpur` managed another decent week. The Shreyas–Amrita starrer is now a decent success in India.

 A Wednesday  Verdict: Hit plus
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.85 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 10.70 crores
 PB Rating: 9.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 410 unique users): 5.11
 Director: Neeraj Pandey  Producer: Arjun Rizvi Film Company, UTV Motion Pictures, & A Friday Filmworks
 Music: Sanjoy Chowdhary  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
 Starring: Naseeruddhin Shah, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Aamir Bashir, Deepal Shaw, Gaurav Kapoor, Chetan Pandit
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Neeraj Pandey`s `A Wednesday` continues to perform consistently, though on the lower side. The Naseer-Anupam starrer is a good success now.

Previous Weeks Box Office Reports »
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 • 'Ittefaq' Is Dull ; 'Golmaal Again' A Blockbuster;'Secret Superstar' Succeeds; 'Judwaa 2' Is Super Hit!
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