chennai express- 6.7(9,773)
Dabangg2- 5.0(5,506) (more…)
Chennai Express had a good second weekend of around 22.50 crore nett and took its business to over nearly 168 crore nett. The film grossed 5.50 crore on Friday, 7.50 crore nett on Saturday and 9.50 on Sunday.
The collections are the fourth highest ever for the second weekend after Three Idiots and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Dabangg. The film had already become the highest grosser ever in Nizam/Andhra and Tamil Nadu/Kerala after seven days and over the weekend Mysore was added to the list and soon it will also become the highest grosser ever in West Bengal.
Q. Will Chennai Express Beat Ek Tha Tiger opening records?
A. It will beat the three day figure for sure but opening day could prove to be difficult as North India will struggle to put up Ek Tha Tiger numbers which means you have to clear the Ek Tha Tiger figures in other circuits by clear margins and that is tough as Ek Tha Tiger put up very big numbers outside North as well.
Q. Would be it be correct to say its the entertainment tax free status of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag that has taken it to 100 crore?
A. The film is looking to do 107-108 crore final business so its possible it would have got to 100 even without it being tax free.
Q. What is the final business of Ranjhanaa and Fukrey?
A. Ranjhanaa 61.5 crore approx and Fukrey 35 crore approx..
Q. I assume Ship Of Thesis has done very bad as there are no collections on the website but could the high ticket rates be the problem as its not just critics but even people from the industry like Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor who have raved about the film?
A. Just like critics, the industry liking or not liking does not matter much as no one will say bad about a film before release even if they hated it. As for your ticket price theory its the opposite. A film like Ship Of Thesis may have around 1 lakh or at most 2 lakh people who may watch the film so its best if you get these people coming in at the highest ticket rates. The general film going public has no time for such films so even if you reduce the ticket prices you will still get same amount of viewers but a much lower collection.
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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who was to leave for London to shoot for Sajid Nadiadwala’s next film, has been unable to cross the Indian shores. According to reports, Salman’s visa has been allegedly rejected and no explanation has been given for the same. The shooting of the film is already underway and Salman was to join the unit last week. However, his visa got cancelled and he has unable to fly to London.
While no one really knows what went wrong, insiders reveal that proceedings against Salman in hit and run case could be the main reason for it. Nowadays, securing a UK visa has become very difficult as the rules have become very stringent. Any court case against you, irrespective of your power or position, could go against securing a UK visa.
Though the court has framed the charges against the superstar, the case has been adjourned till August 19.
The star may apply for the visa again next week. However, with the charges against the actor, will he be able to get the visa? That is worth discussing. (more…)
Shah Rukh Khan is certainly a busy man these days. With the promotions of his upcoming film Chennai Express in full swing, the actor has been literally skipping for one event to the other. Though there is quite a while for the film to release, we hear that the makers have already managed to sell the satellite rights of the film.
In fact an upcoming channel called ‘& Pictures’ has bought the satellite rights of Chennai Express for a surprising Rs 48 crore. However the purchase comes with a unique clause stating that the said channel will cough up more than the amount if the film crosses the Rs 100 crore mark, while various slabs are being created for categories above Rs 100 crore.
Directed by Rohit Shetty Chennai Express which stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone is slated for release this Eid.
The first half of the year saw a decent second quarter thanks to two huge hits in the form of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Aashiqui 2. The latter proving to be the biggest sleeper hit of recent times and the former emerged the third highest grossing film of all time. The first quarter was a disappointment but the second quarter saw a turnaround mainly thanks to medium budget films without big names.
The problem in the first half of the year was that all the big films outside Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani did not live up to expectations. Some may have done okay but aside from Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani none of the other big films put up the numbers they should have. The major winners of the of the first half of the year are as follows with the nett collections or expected nett collections in brackets.
1. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (180 cr)
2. Aashiqui 2 (79 cr)
Q. Can Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani remain top grosser for 2013?
A. With Diwali and Christmas looking such a good period due to how holidays fall and films of the stature of Krrish 3 and Dhoom 3 there looks little chance. The only chance is if either content is totally rejected or the makers don’t take full advantage of the holiday period by releasing on the correct day.
Q. Do you think that Bhaag Milkha Bhaag can become a big hit?
A. It looks decent from the promos but has a big budget for its face value which could come in the way if the desired opening does not materialise.
Q. Who are the top three stars today in India, overseas and worldwide?
A. India- Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan. Overseas – Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan. Worldwide – Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor.
Q. Will Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani still beat Ek Tha Tiger?
A. No chance now, the fourth and fifth weeks have seen a big reduction in shows especially in some of the big chains. Will be 180 crore nett approx finish for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani against the 186 crore nett of Ek Tha Tiger
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New Delhi: One of the busiest actors in Bollywood – Hrithik Roshan has finally taken some time out – not for his film promotion or endorsements, but to thank his colleague Shah Rukh Khan. Yes, the 39-year-old actor has revealed that had it not been for Khan’s production house Red Chillies, the kind of special effects he wanted for his upcoming movie ‘Krrish 3’ would have just remained a dream.
According to a daily, Roshan eulogised the Bollywood Badshah for managing the special effects for his upcoming flick – which is being directed and produced by his father, Rakesh Roshan.
“Without Shah Rukh and his vision, Red Chillies (the production house) wouldn’t have existed. And as a result, we wouldn’t have achieved the kind of content (special effects for ‘Krrish 3’) we have right now. Clearly, it has all happened due to his foresight for the need of VFX studios,” said Hrithik.
Roshan has been busy working for the film which will hit the screens on November 4.
“We are trying to achieve something incredible; something that could have been considered impossible till a few years ago,” he said. (more…)
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