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LATEST POSITION | 11 May, 2019

Blank could not do well at the box-office in its first week. It started very slow, picked up slightly during the weekend but crashed during the weekdays. It opened with a net collection of Rs. 0.65 crore. Collections in­creased to Rs. 0.95 crore on Satur­day, and further to Rs. 1.35 crore on Sunday. Hence its total for the first weekend was a paltry Rs. 2.95 crore. Collections during the weekdays were plain poor: Monday – Rs. 0.40 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.30 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.25 crore, Thursday – Rs. 0.22 crore. By adding Rs. 1.17 crore to the kitty in the weekdays, the film took its total for the first week to a dull Rs. 4.12 crore.

Setters failed miserably in 1st week all over. At most of the places, it was discontinued either mid-week or after a week’s run.

1978 met with a disastrous fate in the first week all over.

Avengers: Endgame (dubbed) and the English original of the same name fell by around 71% but it still managed a fantastic net collection of Rs. 77.95 crore in the second week. It netted Rs. 12.50 crore on the first day of the second weekend. Collections jumped to Rs. 18.30 crore on Satur­day, and to Rs. 21.75 crore on Sun­day. In this way, the film netted Rs. 52.55 crore in the second weekend. Collections dropped quite dramatically from Monday with the onset of Ramzan. The figures during the weekdays were as follows: Monday – Rs. 8.25 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 6.75 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 5.50 crore, Thursday – Rs. 4.90 crore. In other words, it added Rs. 25.40 crore during the weekdays, taking its second week’s total to Rs. 77.95 crore. In this way, its total for 2 weeks was a phenomenal Rs. 338.35 crore. By joining the 300-crore club on the 10th day, it became the first Hollywood film to do so.

Kalank is in its last lap after its coll­ections dropped to rock-bottom levels in 3rd week. It could add only Rs. 1.25 crore during the third week, taking its 3-week total to Rs. 81.08 crore.

The Tashkent Files continued its victory march in 4th week too. Its slow start nothwitstanding, it has grown from strength to strength and has managed a total of Rs. 14.35 crore at the end of 4 weeks. It collected Rs. 1.75 crore during the fourth weekend, and another Rs. 1.15 crore during the weekdays. By adding Rs. 2.90 crore in the fourth week to its kitty, it took its 4-week total to Rs. 14.39 crore.

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Baalaa (Marathi) could not score in the first week in Bombay, Thane dist­rict and the rest of Maharashtra.

Kaagar (Marathi) continued to do well in 2nd week in Bombay, Thane district and other centres of Maha­rashtra.

LATEST POSITION | 4 May, 2019

AVENGERS: ENDGAME has done outstanding business in the first week and is going sensationally strong in its second week too.

Tarpan failed miserably in the first week in Bombay as well as Delhi-U.P.

Avengers: Endgame (dubbed), its English original of the same name and the Tamil dubbed and Telugu dubbed versions did phenomenally well in 1st week, smashing a lot of old records and creating new ones. It netted Rs. 53.60 crore on the opening day, surpassing the first day of Thugs Of Hindostan (Rs. 52.25 crore). It collected Rs. 52.20 crore on Saturday, and Rs.52.85 crore on Sunday, taking the first weekend’s total to Rs. 158.65 crore!! Collections during the weekdays were also sensational: Monday – Rs. 31.05 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 26.10 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 28.50 crore (partial holiday for Labour Day and Maharashtra Day), Thursday – Rs. 16.10 crore. Its total for the weekdays was Rs. 101.75 crore. The grand total for the first week, therefore, was a mind-boggling Rs. 260.40 crore!

Kalank crashed all over in 2nd week. As against Rs. 74.55 crore in the first week (of 9 days), it collected only Rs. 5.28 crore in the second week – a drop of more than 90%!! It collected only Rs. 0.70 crore on the first day of the second weekend owi­ng to the opposition of the newly-rele­ased Avengers: Endgame and also because of its poor public reports. Collections on Saturday and Sunday were Rs. 1.15 crore and Rs. 1.50 crore respectively. It took the second weekend’s total to a dismal Rs. 3.35 crore. Collections during the week­days were as follows: Monday – Rs. 0.50 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.45 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.63 crore, Thurs­day – Rs. 0.35 crore. It thus added Rs. 1.93 crore to its kitty during the week­days. In this way, its second week’s total was Rs. 5.28 crore. The grand total for 2 weeks was, therefore, only Rs. 79.83 crore.

The Tashkent Files continued to score in the big cities in its third week despite the opposition of Avengers: Endgame. It collected Rs. 0.40 crore on the first day of the third weekend. Collections increased to Rs. 0.65 crore on Saturday, and Rs. 0.90 crore on Sunday. After collecting Rs. 1.95 crore in the third weekend, it collected as follows in the weekdays: Monday – Rs. 0.40 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.50 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.65 crore, Thurs­day – Rs. 0.40 crore. In other words, its total for the weekdays was the same as in the weekend – Rs. 1.95 crore – which is quite unusual! In this way, the film added Rs. 3.90 crore to its kitty and took its 3-week total to a respec­table Rs. 11.49 crore.

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Kaagar (Marathi) has done reas­onably well in the first week in Bom­bay, Thane district and the rest of Maharashtra.

Basht (Marathi) fared poorly in 1st week in Bombay, Thane district and other centres of Maharashtra.

LATEST POSITION | 27 April, 2019

The initial of AVENGERS: ENDGAME (English as well as Hindi dubbed) this week is phenomenal, and with the public reports being equally outstanding, the film is set to write new box-office history. This, despite being released only in 2K cinemas.

Kalank faced rejection from the paying public and proved a major dis­appointment at the turnstiles. Althou­gh it will just about cover its cost, the fate of the film at the box-office is terrible. It opened well on Wednesday (April 17) but the cracks started show­ing on the first day itself. The down­ward slide of collections from the sec­ond day sealed the film’s fate! It was expected to touch the Rs. 150-crore mark in the first week (of 9 days) but it reached exactly half of that!! The opening in Overseas was also good but the drop in collections after the weekend was perceptible. In India, after the film netted Rs. 20 crore on the first day (Wednesday, Mahavir Jayanti partial holiday) and only Rs. 10.50 crore on day 2 (Thursday), it collected only Rs. 10.75 crore on the third day despite the Good Friday holi­day. Collec­tions on Saturday (Rs. 9.25 crore) and Sunday (Rs. 11 crore) were rather pathetic. As the word of mouth was terrible, collections crash­ed during the weekdays. It netted Rs. 3.75 crore on Monday, Rs. 3.60 crore on Tuesday, Rs. 3.10 crore on Wed­nesday, and Rs. 2.60 crore on Thursday. In other words, the film added just Rs. 13.05 crore to the weekend (5-day) total of Rs. 61.50 crore, giving a first week (9 days) total of only Rs. 74.55 crore. The film is not expected to reach even the 100-crore mark! Abroad, it grossed an equivalent of Rs. 33.60 crore in the first 5-day weekend, after which coll­ections slumped.

Shaapit Stree (dubbed) and the English original, The Curse Of The Weeping Woman, performed ordina­rily in the first week. It opened on Thursday with a tally of Rs. 0.75 crore. Collections increased to Rs. 1.25 crore on Friday, and further to Rs. 1.40 crore on Saturday. The increase on Sunday wasn’t much and the day closed at Rs. 1.50 crore. In this way, the 4-day weekend’s total was Rs. 4.90 crore. Collections on Monday and Tuesday were Rs. 0.65 crore and Rs. 0.55 crore respectively. On Wed­nesday, it netted Rs. 0.45 crore while on Thursday, Rs. 0.40 crore. It therefore, added Rs. 2.05 crore in the weekdays. Its first week’s (8 days) total was, therefore, Rs. 6.95 crore.

The Tashkent Files grew stronger in the second week because of favou­rable public reports. Its performance at many places was better in 2nd week than in 1st week, which is a rarity! It collected Rs. 0.45 crore on the first day of the second weekend. Collections increased to Rs. 0.70 crore on Saturday, and further to Rs. 1 crore on Sunday. After a second weekend total of Rs. 2.15 crore, collections in the weekdays were also impressive: Monday – Rs. 0.50 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.58 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.45 crore, Thursday – Rs. 0.42 crore. Hence, it added Rs. 1.95 crore to its kitty in the weekdays, taking the second week’s total to Rs. 4.10 crore. The grand total for 2 weeks was Rs. 7.59 crore.

R.A.W. collected Rs. 0.85 crore in the third weekend, and another Rs. 0.47 crore during the weekdays. By adding Rs. 1.32 crore to the kitty in 3rd week, its total for 3 weeks went up to Rs. 39.02 crore.

Kesari netted Rs. 1 crore in the fifth weekend, and Rs. 0.56 crore during the weekdays. The fifth week’s total of Rs. 1.56 crore took its grand total to Rs. 153.59 crore.

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Miranda House (Marathi) failed to make a mark in 1st week in Bombay, Thane district and the other stations of Maharashtra.

Wedding Cha Shinema (Marathi) did fair in 2nd week too in Bombay, Thane district and the rest of Maha­rashtra.

LATEST POSITION | 20 April, 2019

The opening of KALANK on an odd day (Wednesday, due to partial holiday for Mahavir Jayanti) was very good but collections fell 50% on the second day, indicating that the film was not appreciated by the majority.

Kalank netted Rs. 20 crore on the first day (Wednesday), partly due to the huge star cast, hit music and grand promotion and partly because of the Mahavir Jayanti holiday. As was ex­pected, collections dropped on the second day which was not a holiday. However, the drop on day 2 (almost 50%) was alarming. It netted just Rs. 10.75 crore. The question now beg­ging answers is: will the film even join the 100-crore club? Going by the negative word of mouth for the period drama, it seems unlikely that it will touch the 100-crore figure. Overseas, it opened (on Wednesday) at $740,000. Collections increased to $910,000 on day 2. The two days’ total of $1.65 million (Rs. 11.55 crore) is fairly good. Overseas trade is of the opinion that Karan Johar’s multi-starrer may gross an equivalent of Rs. 75 crore abroad, which would mean a share of about Rs. 35 crore. The film, made at an in­vestment of Rs. 150 crore, had al­ready recovered Rs. 90 crore from sale of satellite, digital and audio rights. In other words, it would break even if its share from India and Over­seas cinemas would be around Rs. 60 crore.

The Tashkent Files started off with a collection of Rs. 0.40 crore. Collec­tions doubled (Rs. 0.80 crore) on the second day. The total for Sunday was Rs. 1 crore. After a weekend of Rs. 2.20 crore, the collections for the weekdays were steady: Monday – Rs. 0.35 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.36 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.30 crore, Thurs­day – Rs. 0.28 crore. In this way, the film netted Rs. 1.29 crore during the weekdays, taking the first week’s total to Rs. 3.49 crore.

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? fared very poorly in the first week.

Gun Pe Done performed miserably in 1st week.

Blackboard V/s Whiteboard pro­ved a veritable disaster in the first week.

Paharganj collected below-average figures in 1st week.

Betiyon Ki Balle Balle recorded miserable collections in 1st week in Bombay.

Hellboy Aa Gaya Yamraaj (dub­bed) and the English original, Hell­boy, did average business in the first week. It netted Rs. 0.90 crore on each of the first three days. After a week­end of Rs. 2.70 crore, it collected Rs. 0.35 crore on Monday, Rs. 0.30 crore on Tuesday, Rs. 0.15 crore on Wed­nesday, and Rs. 0.12 crore on Thurs­day. Its total for the four weekdays was, therefore, Rs. 0.92 crore. The first week ended at Rs. 3.62 crore.

R.A.W. added Rs. 7.70 crore to its kitty in the second week. It collected Rs. 1.25 crore on the first day of the second weekend. Collections picked up on Saturday (Rs. 2 crore) and even more on Sunday (Rs. 2.35 crore). The second weekend, therefore, closed at Rs. 5.60 crore. Collections in the weekdays were: Monday – Rs. 0.85 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.75 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.30 crore, Thursday – Rs. 0.20 crore. Hence, it added Rs. 2.10 crore during the weekdays. In this way, its total for the second week was Rs. 7.70 crore. The grand total for 2 weeks was, therefore Rs. 37.70 crore.

Shazam! (dubbed) and the Eng­lish original of the same name netted Rs. 0.70 crore on the first day of the second weekend. Collections increa­sed to Rs. 1.30 crore on Saturday. The Sunday figure was Rs. 1.25 crore. Hence it netted Rs. 3.25 crore in the second weekend. Collections during the weekdays were: Monday – Rs. 0.40 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.40 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.35 crore, Thurs­day – Rs. 0.20 crore. It, therefore, coll­ected Rs. 1.35 crore during the week­days. Thus, its total for the second week was Rs. 4.60 crore. Grand total for 2 weeks: Rs. 21.10 crore.

Kesari managed average collections in 4th week. It netted Rs. 0.70 crore on Friday, Rs. 1.30 crore on Saturday, and Rs. 1.70 crore on Sun­day, so that its fourth weekend closed at Rs. 3.70 crore. Collections during the weekdays were as follows: Mon­day – Rs. 0.55 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.55 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.30 crore, Thursday – Rs. 0.17 crore. By adding Rs. 1.57 crore to its kitty dur­ing the weekdays, the film took its fourth week’s total to Rs. 5.27 crore. Its grand total for 4 weeks was Rs. 152.03 crore.

Badla netted Rs. 1.20 crore in the sixth weekend, and Rs. 0.49 crore in the weekdays. Its total for 6th week was, therefore, Rs. 1.69 crore. Grand total for 6 weeks: Rs. 87.82 crore.

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Wedding Cha Shinema (Marathi) did average in the first week in Bom­bay, Thane district and the rest of Maharashtra.

Kahi Kshan Premache (Marathi) fared poorly in 1st week in Bombay, Thane district and other stations of Maharashtra.

H2O (Marathi) could not do much in 1st week in Bombay, Thane district and other centres of Maharashtra.

LATEST POSITION | 13 April, 2019

R.A.W. did fair business in the first week but its second week’s business will decide its box-office fate. It collected Rs. 5.35 crore on the opening day. Collections jumped 35%, to Rs. 7.25 crore on Saturday. The jump was partly due to the Gudi Padwa holiday. Collections on Sunday were Rs. 8.25 crore. Hence the first weekend closed at Rs. 20.85 crore. Collections during the weekdays were: Monday – Rs. 2.70 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 2.40 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 2.15 crore, Thursday – Rs. 1.90 crore. By adding Rs. 9.15 crore during the weekdays, it took its first week’s total to Rs. 30 crore.

No Fathers In Kashmir failed miserably in the first week in Bombay.

Shazam! (dubbed) and the Eng­lish original of the same name netted Rs. 3 crore on the first day. Collections increased 40% on the second day (Gudi Padwa holiday), to Rs. 4.20 crore. Collections on Sunday were Rs. 4.10 crore. In this way, the first weekend closed at Rs. 11.30 crore. Collections during the weekdays were as follows: Monday – Rs. 1.50 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 1.30 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 1.25 crore, Thursday – Rs. 1.15 crore. The film, therefore, collected Rs. 5.20 crore during the weekdays. Its first week’s total was Rs. 16.50 crore.

Junglee fell almost 90% in 2nd week. It collected only Rs. 0.40 crore on the second Friday. Its collections on Saturday were Rs. 0.65 crore, and on Sunday, Rs. 0.95 crore. In other words, it netted Rs. 2 crore in the second weekend. Its collections on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were Rs. 0.30 crore, Rs. 0.28 crore, Rs. 0.27 crore, and Rs. 0.25 crore respectively. By netting Rs. 1.10 crore during the weekdays, the film took its 2nd week’s total to Rs. 3.10 crore. Grand total for 2 weeks: Rs. 24.30 crore. The film will entail losses to its producers/distributors.

Kesari collected Rs. 1.60 crore on the first day of the third weekend. Collections increased to Rs. 2.60 crore on Saturday, and further to Rs. 3.25 crore on Sunday, taking the third weekend’s total to Rs. 7.45 crore. Its collections in the weekdays were: Monday – Rs. 1 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.95 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.95 crore, Thursday – Rs. 0.95 crore. By adding Rs. 3.85 crore in the week­ days, the film took its third week’s total to Rs. 11.30 crore. Its grand total for 3 weeks went up to Rs. 146.76 crore.

Badla netted Rs. 1.65 crore in the fifth weekend and another Rs. 0.80 crore in the weekdays. By netting a total of Rs. 2.45 crore in the fifth week, it has taken its 5-week total to Rs. 86.13 crore.

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Dhumas (Marathi) did not fare well in 1st week in Bombay, Thane district and the rest of Maharashtra.

Saavat (Marathi) faced rejection in the first week in Bombay, Thane dis­trict and other stations of Maharash­tra.

LATEST POSITION | 6 April, 2019


Junglee did fair business in the first week but not enough to emerge an earning proposal. The second week’s collections will determine whether the film will break even but it does look difficult. The film started with a take of Rs. 3.35 crore on Friday. Collections increased by around 35% on Saturday which closed at Rs. 4.45 crore. The jump in collections on Sunday was around 35% over the Saturday collections. The third day, therefore, closed at Rs. 6.05 crore, taking the first weekend’s total to Rs. 13.85 crore. Collections on the weekdays were: Monday – Rs. 2.40 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 1.90 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 1.55 crore, Thursday – Rs. 1.50 crore. With a total of Rs. 7.35 crore for the weekdays, the first week’s total went up to Rs. 21.20 crore. The film needs to collect around Rs. 20 crore more to break even.

Notebook has proved to be a disaster. It opened extremely slow, picked up during the weekend but did nothing substantial. It fared poorly during the weekdays. It opened with a collection of Rs. 0.50 crore. Collections on Saturday and Sunday were Rs. 0.75 crore and Rs. 1 crore respectively. In this way, the first weekend closed at Rs. 2.25 crore. Collections during the weekdays were: Monday – Rs. 0.42 crore, Tuesday – Rs. 0.37 crore, Wednesday – Rs. 0.34 crore, Thursday – Rs. 0.32 crore. By adding Rs. 1.45 crore to the kitty during the weekdays, the film took its first week’s total to only Rs. 3.70 crore.

Gone Kesh turned out to be a gone case at the box-office. Its collections in the first week were miserable.

Ram Ki Janmabhoomi turned out to be a disaster at the ticket windows in 1st week.

Railway Raju was a flop show in the first week in Bombay.