This Friday's major release is going to be Farhan Akhtar's Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra starrer, DON – THE KING IS BACK. There is no doubt that the film will embark on a good to great start and accumulate a huge weekend and get in to the top 3 of the best ever first three days. Having said that the film will have to remain stable even during the weekdays to emerge a clear hit. Needless to add that DON – THE KING IS BACK will do wonderfully in the overseas, challenging the record of the year's best, RA.ONE.
As expected the new releases of last Friday, PAPPU CAN'T DANCE SAALA and JO HUM CHAHEIN, saw a dull to poor run and lost out to the might of Tom Cruise's MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: THE GHOST PROTOCOL. With DON 2 releasing this week there is no hope for PAPPU CAN'T DANCE SAALA or JO HUM CHAHEIN.
After an average start, the performance of Yash Raj Films' LADIES V/S RICKY BAHL remained steady on the lower side. During the week the film collected 4 crore from Bombay (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 90 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 20.50 lakhs from Surat, 20.65 lakhs from Baroda, 12 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.20 lakhs from Jamnagar, 40 lakhs from Pune, 12.25 lakhs from Nasik, 4 lakhs from Belgaum, 4 crore from Delhi city, 45 lakhs from Noida, 30 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 17.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 28.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 13.50 lakhs from Agra, 7 lakhs from Allahabad, 55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 18 lakhs from Chandigarh, 4 lakhs from Zirakpur, 7.50 lakhs from Jalandhar, 5.55 lakhs from Amritsar, 8.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 75 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Darjeeling, 6.35 lakhs from Siliguri, 4.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 30 lakhs from Nagpur, 10 lakhs from Jabalpur, 9.20 lakhs from Raipur, 35 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 5.20 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Bhopal, 50 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 3.20 lakhs from Jodhpur , 5.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 4 lakhs from Bikaner, 14.15 lakhs from Kota, 50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 15 lakhs from Aurangabad, 55 lakhs from Bangalore, 5 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.55 lakhs from Vijaywada, 4.20 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 3.35 lakhs from Madras. Netting a so-so 24 crore during the opening week, the Ranveer-Anushka starrer, LADIES VS RICKY BAHL, turns out to be an average fare after accounting for the non-theatrical rights. The film has not fared well in the overseas grossing ?143,500 from UK till the second weekend (16-18 December) and $ 222,000 from the US.
Meanwhile Maqbool Khan's LANKA saw a dismal run collecting 10 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 10 cinemas unreceived), 2 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Nagpur and 1 lakh from Jodhpur(collections from 2 cinemas unreceived). Netting around 50 lakhs during the opening week, LANKA is a trade disaster.
Checking out THE DIRTY PICTURE, the Milan Luthria directed Naseer, Vidya, Emraan and Tusshar starrer continues its dream run (even in the second week) as it collected 2.60 crore from Bombay (collections from 41 cinemas unreceived), 65 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 11.35 lakhs from Surat, 14 lakhs from Baroda, 6.30 lakhs from Rajkot, 30 lakhs from Pune, 9.35 lakhs from Nasik, 2.30 lakhs from Belgaum, 2 crore from Delhi city, 22.20 lakhs from Noida, 15.65 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 16.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 17.35 lakhs from Lucknow, 13.15 lakhs from Agra, 7.15 lakhs from Allahabad, 32.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 11 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2.65 lakhs from Zirakpur, 3.65 lakhs from Jalandhar, 3.20 lakhs from Amritsar, 4.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 40 lakhs from Calcutta, 3.75 lakhs from Siliguri, 30 lakhs from Nagpur, 8.35 lakhs from Jabalpur, 8.65 lakhs from Raipur, 20 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 3.50 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 15 lakhs from Bhopal (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 30.50 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 2.25 lakhs from Jodhpur, 4.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.25 lakhs from Bikaner, 5.55 lakhs from Kota, 45 lakhs from Hyderabad, 12 lakhs from Aurangabad, 40 lakhs from Bangalore, 4 lakhs from Mangalore, 2 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 5 lakhs from Madras. Adding another 18 crore the THE DIRTY PICTURE has netted 68 crores in two weeks from India. With the dubbed versions adding a further 3-3.50 crores, THE DIRTY PICTURE is now trying to enter the blockbuster zone. The film though has not done well (decent in US) in the overseas grossing ?121,000 from UK till the third weekend (16-18 December) and $462,000 from US.
Moving on, Rohit Dhawan's DESI BOYZ adds more to its kitty collecting 15 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 10 cinemas unreceived), 7.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Surat, 2.60 lakhs from Baroda, 1 lakh from Jamnagar, 1.25 lakhs from Pune, 1 lakh from Goa, 15 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Jalandhar, 1.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Indore, 1 lakh from Bangalore and 1 .20 lakhs from Mangalore. With another crore, DESI BOYZ has netted 48 crores in three weeks from India. The film is an above average fare after accounting for the non-theatrical and sundry earnings. DESI BOYZ has done quite well in the overseas grossing ?577,000 from UK till the fourth weekend (16-18 December) and $1,080,000 from the US.
Concluding with Imtiaz Ali's Ranbir-Nargis starrer ROCKSTAR the film collected 5 lakhs from Bombay, 5 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Noida, 1.50 lakhs from Gurgaon and 1 lakh from Chandigarh. Adding another 45-50 lakhs, ROCKSTAR is likely to end the Indian run netting 70 crores and as a semi-hit. ROCKSTAR has also done well in the overseas (especially US) grossing ?365,000 from UK and $986,000 from US.