Bollywood box-office report of the week

By Abid, Glamsham Editorial

This Friday will see the release of Subhash Kapoor's SAARE JAHAAN SE MEHNGA ... and Tigmanshu Dhulia's SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER RETURNS. Given the topical theme of SAARE JAHAAN SE MEHNGA ... and the success of the first part of Dhulia's SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER, it promises to be an interesting battle at the box-office, but the more saleable stars of SBAGR may just tip the balance in its favour. There is a third film listed for release (though still unconfirmed), and that is Sofia Hayat's NACHLE LONDON.

The two releases of last week, John Abraham's I, ME AUR MAIN and the Ram Gopal Varma directed ATTACKS Of 26/11 have not appealed to the paying audience who preferred the week old KAI PO CHE! Just for records both I, ME AUR MAIN and ATTACKS Of 26/11 have netted around 5-5.50 crore (to be validated) during the opening weekend from India. In the overseas I,ME AUR MAIN has been rejected while in case of RGV's ATTACKS Of 26/11, the film has managed to gross and#163; 30,692 from UK and a somewhat better $160,000 from the US during the opening weekend from India (1-3 March).

Moving on, Abhishek Kapoor's KAI PO CHE! moved from strength to strength as it collected 4.50 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 85 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 20 lakhs from Surat, 30 lakhs from Baroda, 10 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 crore from Pune, 13 lakhs from Nasik, 10 lakhs from Goa, 4.15 lakhs from Belgaum, 3 crore from Delhi city, 45 lakhs from Noida, 23.85 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 13.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 25 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.65 lakhs from Agra, 5.55 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.75 lakhs from Meerut, 66.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 9 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.15 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 2.75 lakhs from Panipat, 9 lakhs from Chandigarh, 7.35 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.65 lakhs from Amritsar, 5.55 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 2 lakhs from Ambala, 90 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Darjeeling, 6.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 4.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 2.25 lakhs from Ranchi, 11 lakhs from Bhubhaneswar, 5.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 30 lakhs from Nagpur, 8 lakhs from Jabalpur, 17.50 lakhs from Raipur, 40 lakhs from Indore, 7 lakhs from Gwalior, 21 lakhs from Bhopal, 55 lakhs from Jaipur, 4 lakhs from Ajmer, 2.10 lakhs from Bikaner, 9.50 lakhs from Kota, 6 lakhs from Udaipur, 35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 8 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.15 crore from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Vijayawada, 3.25 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 5 lakhs from Madras and 2.50 lakhs from Kochi. Netting close to 26.50 crore during the opening week from India, and based on the good second weekend run, KAI PO CHE! is all set to emerge as a clean success, if not a hit! KAI PO CHE! is also on a good overseas run (predominantly in the US) grossing and#163;165,000 from UK and $877,000 from the US till the second weekend (1-3 March).

It was obvious from the first show itself that Anand Kumar's ZILA GHAZIABAD was only for the masses of the hinterland, and that is how the film progressed as it collected 1.50 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 65 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 10 lakhs from Surat, 7.50 lakhs from Baroda, 7 lakhs from Rajkot, 15 lakhs from Pune, 6.15 lakhs from Nasik, 1.50 lakhs from Goa, 1.15 crore from Delhi city, 22.65 lakhs from Noida, 30 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 16.55 lakhs from Kanpur, 30.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 7.55 lakhs from Agra, 1.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 3.35 lakhs from Meerut, 17 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 3.15 lakhs from Panipat, 3.65 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3.75 lakhs from Jalandhar, 3.20 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1 lakh from Bhatinda, 1 lakh from Ambala, 11 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.15 lakhs from Bhubhaneswar, 1.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 6.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 8.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 8 lakhs from Raipur, 16 lakhs from Indore (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 3 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 9.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 40 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 5.75 lakhs from Ajmer, 7.50 lakhs from Kota, 3 lakhs from Udaipur, 25 lakhs from Hyderabad, 10 lakhs from Aurangabad, 5.50 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Madras. Netting an ordinary 14 crore during the opening weeks from India, the Sanjay, Vivek and Arshad starrer, ZILA GHAZIABAD, has failed commercially.

Meanwhile Neeraj Pandey's Akshay, Paresh, Manoj and Kajal starrer, SPECIAL 26, continued its inspired run even in the third week collecting 1.25 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived) , 30 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 12.25 lakhs from Surat, 11 lakhs from Baroda, 6 lakhs from Rajkot, 35.75 lakhs from Pune, 3.15 lakhs from Nasik, 3 lakhs from Goa, 65 lakhs from Delhi city, 8.50 lakhs from Noida, 5.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Agra, 8.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.75 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.65 lakhs from Jalandhar, 1 lakh from Amritsar, 1.15 lakhs from Ludhiana, 15.75 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.15 lakhs from Siliguri, 1 lakh from Guwahati, 6 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 4 lakhs from Raipur, 6.50 lakhs from Indore, 2 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 5 lakhs from Bhopal, 16.65 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 6.20 lakhs from Udaipur, 15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1 lakh from Aurangabad, 30 lakhs from Bangalore and 2 lakhs from Madras. Adding another 6 crore, SPECIAL 26 has netted 64 crore in three weeks from India and is approaching the semi-hit status, based on the worldwide run. SPECIAL 26 has also improved in the overseas grossing $2.90m, with and#163;238,000 from UK and $1,054,000 from the US till the fourth weekend (1-3 March).

Concluding with Prabhudheva's ABCD-ANY BODY CAN DANCE, the film manages another decent week as it collected 60 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 6 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.15 lakhs from Surat, 3.75 lakhs from Baroda, 2.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 11.50 lakhs from Pune, 3.65 lakhs from Nasik, 3.50 lakhs from Goa, 2.75 lakhs from Belgaum, 5 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.15 lakhs from Noida, 7.65 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Siliguri, 6 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.55 lakhs from Raipur, 2.50 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 3.35 lakhs from Udaipur, 6.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 20 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 2 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 2.50 crore ABCD-ANY BODY CAN DANCE, has netted 39.50 crore in three weeks from India and is a semi-hit.

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