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Saturday 18th September 2010 15.00 IST/Friday 17th September 2010 13.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
Dabangg grossed 81.50 crore nett approx as per early estimates over its first week after its Thursday looks to be coming in around the 6 crore nett mark.
The film has smashed the first week record of 3 Idiots even if we include the paid previews of that film.
The film has set new first week circuit records in Delhi/UP, East Punjab, Bihar, CP Berar, CI, Rajasthan, Assam and Orissa while in Mumbai, West Bengal, Nizam/Andhra, Mysore and Tamil Nadu/Kerala the records of Three Idiots have held up. The collections over the second weekend should also be very good.
Meanwhile, Dabangg had a very good second Friday with business coming in around 6.20 crore nett as per early estimates. The 8 day business of the film is 87.25 crore nett plus. Dabangg should easily cross the 100 crore nett mark by the end of its second weekend. The ten day business should be in 103-105 crore nett range. The Friday business was better than Thursday. Below is the breakdown of the second Friday.
Mumbai – 2.05 crore
Delhi/UP – 1.45 crore
East Punjab – 55 lakhs
West Bengal – 40 lakhs
Bihar – 15 lakhs
Assam/Orissa – 7 lakhs
CP Berar – 35 lakhs
CI – 23 lakhs
Rajasthan – 33 lakhs
Nizam – 33 lakhs
Mysore – 22 lakhs
Tamil Nadu/Kerala – 7 lakhs
TOTAL – 6.20 crore
-By Taran Adarsh, September 14, 2010 – 12:20 IST
DABANGG performed very well on Monday and as per indications and early tracking, it collected approx. Rs. 10 cr. nett. The film registered a 30% to 35% drop compared to Friday numbers. The 4-day total of DABANGG now stands at approx. Rs. 58.5 cr. nett. Fabulous!
Meanwhile, check out the official figures of DABANGG in C.I. and Rajasthan circuits:-
Fri: Rs. 62 lacs
Sat: Rs. 64.40 lacs
Sun: Rs. 71.75 lacs
Mon: Rs. 42.20 lacs
Fri: Rs. 80.15 lacs
Sat: Rs. 88 lacs
Sun: Rs. 95.50 lacs
Mon: Rs. 64.70 lacs
- By Taran Adarsh, September 13, 2010 – 12:32 IST
Dababngg has shattered all records and emerged the biggest opener ever. It has crossed the opening weekend business of 3 IDIOTS, which held the record of the biggest opener. The opening weekend business of 3 IDIOTS was Rs. 41 cr. nett [incl. Thursday previews], while DABANGG has collected Rs. 47.75 cr. to Rs. 48.5 cr. nett in its first 3 days. The day-wise breakup is as follows:- Fri: Rs. 14.5 cr., Sat: Rs. 15.75 cr. to Rs. 16 cr., Sun: Rs. 17.5 cr. to Rs. 18 cr. Business at multiplexes as well as single screens was spectacular. The business is noteworthy because unlike other biggies, the ticket rates were not hiked to capitalize on the craze of the film.
|Abhinav Kashyap||Shiney Ahuja|
It is known that Dabangg has crossed the opening of 3 Idiots. What is not known is that Abhinav Kashyap had asked Shiney to play Chulbul Pandey.
The grapevine is that before he went to Salman, Abhinav chose to offer it to Shiney. Shiney kept Abhinav waiting. The rest, as they say, is history. We wonder if Shiney is repenting having played hard to get.
As for Abhinav, perhaps Shiney not taking up the offer was a blessing in disguise.
The cash registers ringing this entire weekend has set box-office history, and now there’s even talk of a sequel…Wonder if Shiney will be blessed with a role in this one.
He is at loggerheads with his uncle Mahesh Bhatt about a steamy scene with Shella Allen in Crook. However, Bhatt sees no reason at all to water down this essential ‘component of sensuality’
Emraan Hashmi is interfering in the final cut of Crook. Mahesh Bhatt and Emraan have had a huge spat over a steamy sequence in the film that is giving the serial kisser the jitters, now that he has become a father.
Emraan is feeling embarrassed about having done this scene and wants his uncle and mentor Mahesh Bhatt (the producer of Crook) to splice it off entirely, or at worst, cut its length the best he can.
|Emraan Hashmi and Shella Allen in Crook|
The bone of contention is a scene in which Emraan makes love to a white woman, Shella Allen, who plays an integral role in the film. Says a source, “When Emraan shot it, he was quite okay with it. But now that he has a slightly different image after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he wants to shed his serial-kisser image.
At this point of time in his career, he is not happy doing lovemaking scenes. He doesn’t want to smooch too, in fact. Ekta Kapoor wanted him to kiss the Mandakini look-alike girl in Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, but Emraan politely refused.”
Emraan and Mahesh have been arguing about this for quite a few days. Says Emraan, “Yes. There is a conflict. Bhatt saab and I have different visions on this. I want the erotic skin content [sic] on Crook to be cut down because Crook is not a skin flick. It is much more than an entertainer.
It touches the serious issue of racial discrimination with Indians in Australia. I don’t want Crook to be another Murder or Jism. Also if you see my recent film OUARIM, it didn’t have any intimate scene but yet the film worked quite well,” adds Emraan.
Talking about the spat, Bhatt refuses to bow down to his nephew’s wishes. He tells Mumbai Mirror, “Emraan’s quest for respectability is completely disconnected from the box office. Today, the audience wants to be gratified and not edified. In Crook, we have a great product, which has the added component of sensuality. I see no reason to water it down,” adds Bhatt.
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Saturday 4th September 2010 09.00 IST
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We Are Family got the benefit of Janmashtami holiday on Thursday as it recorded good collections. However it could not make much impact on its first full day (Friday) despite doing well on its partial release day (Thursday). This was probably due to fact that the film had seen a partial Thursday release which was a holiday and collections tend to fall after holidays. Also the first few shows on Friday are mainly dominated by the youth which is not the target audience for We Are Family. The business on Friday was around the 3 crore nett mark.
The overall total of 5.75 crore nett business (Thurs+Fri) is good but the the drop in business despite more shows at many theatres on Friday is not a good sign.
The fate of the film will be decided by its business on Saturday and Sunday, it will need to show healthy jumps as compared to Friday business. The Delhi and East Punjab area is showing best business.
The other releases Emotional Atyachar and Mallika were dull and will make no impact at the box office.
Aashayein recorded poor first week collections of around 3 crore nett. FLOP
Lafangey Parindey dropped in week two with around 4.75 crore nett business. The two week total is around 21.75 crore nett.
By Pritish Nandy (TOI blogs), September 1, 2010 – 12:20 IST
After years, the promos of a film have really excited me and I’m dying to watch it, first day, first show. No, I have no idea if the film is good or bad. In all probability, it will be awful. Two recent films in this genre were ghastly, though they made lots of money in the box office. And one of them, being a Aamir Khan film, assumed iconic proportions and got the star the moniker of being a matchless marketing whiz, particularly because he stole the thunder from under Shah Rukh’s nose. While Shah Rukh was doing his usual number for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Aamir came in from behind with his buzz cut ushers in the theatres announcing the arrival of a thunderous blockbuster two weeks later. The whole focus shifted overnight from Surinder Sahni to Sanjay Singhania. Both films were as ordinary as they come. But Aamir’s went on to become a huge hit, announcing the arrival of a new genre in Bollywood: the Tamil bloodfest.
Its success quickened the release of another bloodfest, this time with Telugu origins: Wanted. You can’t get cheesier than Wanted. It’s possibly the worst movie you have seen, shoddily scripted, badly crafted, crudely put together: an astonishing display of plywood machismo. But even that couldn’t stop it from becoming a huge blockbuster simply because Salman Superbrat swaggered through the film with his trademark cheekiness, doing nothing, just being himself. That made the movie. If, like me, you watch movies not at their premiere, or on TV, but in a typical old fashioned theatre, not even in a multiplex, you will figure why Salman works. His every strut is greeted with wolf whistles and cat calls. His every line of cheeky dialogue is loudly chanted by his fans and some of them, who are watching the film for the umpteenth time, anticipate his lines by screaming them out a split second before they are spoken on screen. This is clearly one star whose fans don’t want him to act. They want him to strut through the film, doing nothing more than delivering cheesy lines of dialogue and beating up guys beefier than him. And, O yes, they reserve the maximum applause for that one moment in a film when he takes his shirt off, either for the mother of a fight or a chalu song. In both, Salman has exactly the same slightly funny, slightly exasperated expression as if to say: Why the hell am I doing this shit?
Aamir’s the opposite. He’s intense to a fault. Every role appears to be a matter of life and death for him. He has to get it just right. His films too are exactly the opposite of Salman’s. They are so carefully crafted that every emotion, every feeling is wrung out of every scene. Often even the manipulation shows. Most times he gets away with it simply because he’s Aamir and can do no wrong. His producers too have taken on Shah Rukh at the numbers game. Huge full page ads declare box office figures that keep spiralling till the pundits finally throw up their hands in exasperation. Akshay Kumar’s producers too briefly joined this numbers game but are now slightly subdued with Akshay having signed on a few duds. But Akshay remains chilled. He knows he has an innate goofy charm that can survive all the tacky screenplays he cheerfully sleepwalks through.
Funnily, barring Salman, the others are looking less and less like stars today. They are beginning to look like businessmen. Shah Rukh has even hit the cover of a business magazine and is sounding, behaving more like a producer than a star. So is Aamir. What they don’t realise is that popular fan bases are not built on the imagery of businessmen or producers. The common man does not admire a bania. The villain in most films of my growing up years was the village mahajan or the city slicker in a white shark skin suit sitting with his bottle of Vat 69. India may have changed. Money is no longer a bad word but the man on the street still admires a hero, not a wealthy man. The iconic hero of Bollywood was for over two decades the Angry Young Man who fought the entire might of the system and brought it tumbling down.
This brings me back to Chulbul Pandey. I am sure Dabangg will be whatever. But what the heck, I love movies where a cracked hero walks through an equally cracked screenplay doing the weirdest, whackiest things, and no one does that better than Salman. Will I ever make a film like that? Unlikely. Will I recommend a film like that? Not over my dead body. Will I go to a sweaty, stinking theatre to watch it, surrounded by screaming, whistling, hysteric Salman fans? Yes, I will. That’s the movie watching experience I pay for. It reminds me of my adolescence. It reminds of the time when movies were movies and heroes could do anything and get away with it.
Courtesy: TOI blogs
By Joginder Tuteja, September 1, 2010 – 11:03 IST
Title We Are Family is not just apt for the Karan Johar production, it pretty much holds true for Khan family as well. With Dabangg looking piping hot and all set to be a huge earner at the box office, the Khan family has now come together to rake in some good moolah as well. Rather than selling the film to outside distributors, Khans have decided to keep a major chunk of it within the family and extend the adage of ‘all in the family’.
As per the latest developments, Salim Khan (father of Arbaaz, Salman and Sohail) would be distributing the film in CI and Rajasthan territories. This is not all as producer Arbaaz himself would distribute the film in Delhi, UP and East Punjab – some of the most lucrative territories that the country has after Mumbai.
Says a trade observer, “It was imperative that the family sticks to the film right through the release as well as post that rather than just releasing it for money and being happy with whatever they earned. Ensuring that distribution stays with them is also a means of telling the world that they are mighty confident of the film’s prospects.”
Arbaaz doesn’t deny that he is confident about the film but also adds that distributing a film is nothing new for the family.
“Yes, the film is turning out to be huge and congratulatory messages have started coming in advance. It is always a good sign”, he says while keeping his excitement in check, “However, we have always been into distributing films. When it comes to the CI territory, dad has distributed most of Salman’s films there in the past. He has a distribution concern there so whether it is an in-house production or even outside productions, Salman’s films are released in CI through him. But yes, this time he has picked up Rajasthan as well.”
He also confirms that he too is stepping in to distribute the films in some important territories. “I wanted to exploit Delhi, UP and East Punjab territories and hence have personally stepped in for distribution as well”, says Arbaaz.
The trade observer has the final word, “With the film seeing such huge hype, the makers could have made huge profits on the table by selling off all distribution rights. However, other than the monetary value, Dabangg also carries a huge emotional value for Khans there. Not just it stays on to be Arbaaz Khan’s debut production; it also sees Salman Khan going all out to promote the film like never before. Malaika Arora Khan’s ‘Munni Badnaam‘ is a rage while Sohail Khan has silently worked in the background as well.”
No wonder, one can see the entire family circle of Khans as well as film fraternity in general coming together in support of Dabangg, hence ensuring a huge release for the film. 10th September was never this hot.
Esha Deol has filed an official complaint against Ramu for non-payment of dues. He in turn has been labeled under a category called ‘non-cooperation’…
Hema Malini was quick to oust director Mohit Puri from Tell Me Oh Khuda; wonder how she would react when she reads this. Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has allegedly still not paid her daughter Esha Deol her full remuneration for his film Darling. The outstanding amount is nearly Rs 13 lakh.
A friend of Esha says, “Esha waited very long for Ramu (as Ram Gopal Varma is fondly called in the industry) to pay up. Despite repeated reminders, he did not pay heed to her.”
A livid Esha has filed a complaint in CINTAA (Cine & TV Artistes’ Association) a year ago, but Ramu did not respond to the letters from CINTAA.
The case then reached the FWICE (Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees). Still Ramu has not responded. Now, the Federation has labelled the dispute as a ‘Non Cooperation Matter’.
“How long could Esha wait? She wants her money. So what if the film didn’t do well at the box-office,” says the same friend. When contacted, Ramu claimed, “That’s an old thing. To my knowledge, it was sorted out.”
However, Esha’s friend told Mumbai Mirror, “That’s rubbish. Esha is still fighting hard against Ramu in CINTAA only a few days ago. Her balance amount is Rs 12-13 lakh.”
Producer of Darling, Bhushan Kumar, said, “We had paid Ramu a lump sum for Darling. He was supposed to pay everybody from that. We had a clear cut agreement with him. We had no contract with Esha.”
General Secretary of CINTAA and President of FWICE, Dharmesh Tiwari, confirmed, “Yes, Esha is fighting a case against Ramu. The matter is now under the ‘non-cooperation’ category.” And we’re not talking the freedom struggle here.
|A still from Darling|
That’s the filmmaker’s mantra for new film
Roshni K Olivera | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 24, 2010)
Ram Gopal Varma is in a mood to be innovative. His upcoming film Rakta Charitra will be the first in Indian cinema to release in two parts. Both films, each around two hours duration, will release within a span of three to four weeks in October. Considering it’s not one film but two, one would expect Ramu to feel twice the pressure and what if the first film doesn’t do well at the box office? But Ramu seems confident. “I don’t feel the pressure. I’ve been in the business long enough now,” he told BT. Ramu’s film is based on events in the life of slain leader Paritala Ravi played by Vivek Oberoi and Maddelacheruvu Suri by South actor Surya. Shatrughan Sinha, incidentally, enacts the role of N T Rama Rao. This film apart, Ramu’s looking to do different things in the future. He’s planning to make a 3-D adventure film, something he’s never attempted before. “If you have exotic locations, which is what an adventure genre calls for, 3-D adds a lot of effect to the film, transporting you literally to the spot.” Ask him whether he’s inspired by the recent slew of 3-D Hollywood films and he laughs saying, “Eventually we will get ideas from there! But, as a director I’m looking to try out newer things. Besides today we’ve got newer technology compared to earlier, so why not?”