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  • Nahata’s Year End Report: 3 Idiots profit 75 cr, KI loss 20 cr, DDD loss 15 cr

    ‘3 Idiots’ Brings Cheer, Other Idiots Don’t! What a brilliant end to an otherwise bad year! The Hindi film industry couldn’t have asked for a better or bigger blockbuster than 3 Idiots to end year 2009. So huge is the business of the Rajkumar Hirani film that this film alone has changed the complexion of the year gone by. Instead of the industry posting a net total loss of around Rs. 455 crore in the films released during the year, the figure has been brought down by around Rs. 75 crore, thanks to 3 Idiots alone. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the combined profits of the other successful films released in 2009 were the same as the profit in one 3

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  • Weekend Report: Tyler Perry ‘Can Do’ Good at the Box Office

    Weekend estimate Tyler Perry’s Madea swung her weight at the box office again, handily topping a modest weekend at the box office with her latest appearance in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself. The weekend also saw a passable start for the animated 9 and the failures of two thrillers, Sorority Row and Whiteout. Overall business was off seven percent from the same weekend last year, when Burn After Reading and Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys opened. I Can Do Bad All By Myself yanked an estimated $24 million out of approximately 3,200 screens at 2,255 sites. It was the third highest-grossing debut for a Tyler Perry movie, though slightly above average in terms of attendance, and a new high for

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  • Weekend Report: ‘Final Destination’ Clings to Labor Day Lead

    Weekend estimate With the usual smattering of modest Labor Day releases, Summer 2009 came to a quiet close. While overall business was up 40 percent from the corresponding (non-holiday) weekend last year, it was the least-attended Labor Day weekend in over a decade. Falling 55 percent but still leading the weekend, The Final Destination pulled in an estimated $12.4 million, lifting its total to $47.6 million in ten days. The horror sequel had a steeper drop than its predecessors as well as My Bloody Valentine 3-D from earlier this year. Nonetheless, it surpassed the final gross of Final Destination 2 and will soon top the other Final Destination movies, though it has a ways to go in terms of attendance. More HERE

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  • Weekend Report: ‘Final Destination’ Rips Into Top Spot

    LINK In a rare instance of two movies of the same genre going head-to-head, the latest entries in the popular Final Destination and Halloween horror franchises collided and neither was particularly scathed by the clash, if their opening grosses were any indication. Overall, the weekend was the highest-grossing ever seen for the end of August and was up a whopping 32 percent from the same weekend last year, due mainly to the more potent new releases and recent holdovers. The Final Destination impaled an estimated $28.3 million on approximately 4,300 screens at 3,121 sites, scoring the biggest start of the franchise. The previous best was the last movie, Final Destination 3, at $19.2 million three and a half years ago. Included in the fourth movie’s

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  • Weekend Report: ‘G.I. Joe’ Doesn’t Roll Snake Eyes

    LINK The summer’s last would-be event picture, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, wielded its kung fu grip on the box office over the weekend, though it wasn’t quite a real blockbuster hero. With a big movie opening, the weekend as a whole was up 22 percent over the same timeframe last year, when The Dark Knight led for the fourth weekend in a row and Pineapple Express debuted in second. Compared to previous years, though, weekend attendance was middling. G.I. Joe enlisted an estimated $56.2 million on approximately 5,900 screens at 4,007 sites, ranking as the fourth highest-grossing August opening ever, but a far cry from its Hasbro toyline stable mate, Transformers. Joe’s estimated attendance was nearly identical to XXX, another action spectacle that

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