Friday’s prominent release, Suneel Darshan’s EK HASEENA THI EK DEEWANA THA, starring his son, Shiv Darshan, failed to cut much ice with the audience and has minimal chances of making a mark at the box-office.
Checking out the Eid release, Salman-Zhu Zhu starrer, TUBELIGHT, the film did not open to the usual bumper response associated with Salman films and failed to show much of an improvement during the opening weekend, netting 64 crore. The weekdays saw a further depreciation in collections, due a predominantly negative feedback from the audience, who are used to a larger than life and almost invincible acts by the super star in his recent flicks, especially those which have been helmed by the TUBELIGHT director Kabir Khan with Salman (EK THA TIGER & BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN). As per trade inputs, the film has netted 107 crore, during the first week from India.
Given that the film has been sold for 130-135 crore (all India) to NH Studioz, who have sold of the rights for most territories to sub distributors, it will be a loss making venture (almost 50 percent loss on investment) for all concerned, barring the producers, who are sitting on a huge table profit.
TUBELIGHT has not performed well in the overseas grossing $6m with £265,000 from UK and $930,000 from the US, during the Eid weekend (23-25 June).
Meanwhile, the Vivek-Riteish venture, BANK CHOR, saw a poor run collecting 1 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas not received), 25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 12.85 lakhs from Surat, 7 lakhs from Baroda, 6.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 25 lakhs from Pune, 4.50 lakhs from Nasik, 10 lakhs from Goa, 1.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 55 lakhs from Delhi city, 10.25 lakhs from Noida, 10 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 15 lakhs from Lucknow , 4 lakhs from Agra, 2.15 lakhs from Allahabad, 4.15 lakhs from Dehradun, 10.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 7.55 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.75 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 1.75 lakhs from Panipat, 4 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.25 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.75 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 20 lakhs from Calcutta, 3.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 3.50 lakhs from Patna, 2 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 2.15 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 1.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 8.50 lakhs from Raipur, 10 lakhs from Indore, 2.25 lakhs from Gwalior, 5.50 lakhs from Bhopal , 25 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unrecieved), 3.55 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2.50 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.50 lakhs from Kota, 4.15 lakhs from Udaipur, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4.15 lakhs from Aurangabad, 20 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Mysore, 1.75 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 1.15 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 7.50 crore during the opening week from India, BANK CHOR is a box-office failure.
Concluding with Irrfan Khan’s, HINDI MEDIUM, the film added another 4 crore thus netting 65 crore in five weeks from India and is a super hit. HINDI MEDIUM has also done very well in the overseas (given the costs and cast) grossing $2m.