Star power!!! Once again, Salman Khan proves he’s the Man with the Midas touch. Though low on content, Ready, as expected by tradewallahs, has taken a humungous opening across the country. The film opened to almost 90 per cent in most centers. And footfalls kept increasing for the noon and evening shows. A big release after a hiatus and that it worked in its favour.
Last week’s Kucch Luv Jaisaa was a single release yet it failed to open to decent footfalls. Collections dipped thereafter. Poor promotion made sure few were even aware of the film.
Two movies, Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap (BHTB) and Delhi Belly have been the talk of the trade for the last two weeks. Thanks to the action promo of BHTB, which was instantly a huge hit, the film is one of the hottest properties going. As for Imran Khan’s Delhi Belly, the song Bhaag D K Bose and the theatrical trailer are keeping the film in the news. The only hitch is that both films are scheduled to release on the same day, ie, July 1. If Delhi Belly has the upper hand in multiplexes, BHTB will enjoy the upper hand in both multiplexes and singleplexes. All we can say is we hope they don’t split the audience and, consequently, each other’s business.
Now that Ready is expected to be a money-spinner, curiosity for Salman Khan’s next release Bodyguard has reached fever pitch. This film is counted among the hottest projects right now.
Meanwhile, the trailer of Ajay Devgn’s Singham was introduced along with Ready and it has drawn a positive response from the trade and the audience. Devgn’s new look has been accepted in a big way. Tradewallas believe that, just like Bodyguard, expectations from Singham will skyrocket.
The popularity of another action film, Agneepath, is also growing. There were some apprehensions that this film might not release in November as planned but sources from Dharma Productions confirm that it will release in November this year.
And, finally, anticipation is growing for Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One after he introduced another trailer to the audience this week. The mega-star’s Don 2 is also considered a hot proposal and will close out 2011 on a positive note. Ditto for Prakash Jha’s magnum opus, Aarakshan.
|Update Date||Release||Movie||BoxOffice||Prev Week||Current Week||Weekly Change|
|June 04, 2011||June 03, 2011||Ready||First Weekend||33||34||36||36||38||39||3||4||3|
|June 04, 2011||July 01, 2011||Bbuddah?Hoga Terra Baap||First Weekend||16||17||17||16||18||20||0||1||3|
|June 04, 2011||July 22, 2011||Singham||First Weekend||31||31||30||32||31||31||1||0||1|
|June 04, 2011||August 12, 2011||Aarakshan||First Weekend||36||40||38||36||38||37||0||-2||-1|
|June 04, 2011||August 31, 2011||Bodyguard||First Weekend||42||43||40||42||43||40||0||0||0|
|June 04, 2011||October 26, 2011||Ra.One||First Weekend||45||47||46||45||46||46||0||-1||0|
|June 04, 2011||December 23, 2011||Don 2||First Weekend||46||46||47||46||46||47||0||0||0|