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Ready and now Double Dhamaal, ticket counter rejoicing

This column has been faithfully tracking films in the news, whether good or bad. However, we’ve been receiving torrential feedback and suggestions to also track films that could potentially set the box office on fire. So, from last week, we’re watching all the big films that make news, regardless.

Last week’s release, Double Dhamaal (DD), took a fantastic opening, as expected and did good business in its first week. In fact, DD became the second highest grossing film of this year, after Salman Khan’s Ready, which is really a good thing for the film trade.

If the month of June started with a bang with Ready breaking all sorts of records at many places, it ended with DD, which has been appreciated by one and all.

July looks promising too. Though Amitabh Bachchan’s Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap didn’t take a flying start, it has been liked and appreciated and the collection is expected to rise. Imran Khan’s Delhi Belly has had a good opening at most of the multiplexes. Though it’s made with a hugh budget; tradewallahs feel that it will still manage to recover its cost; if the collection remains steady for a few more days, Fingers crossed.

As for Hollywood is concerned, the first two versions of Transformers did very well in India and much is expected from this film. Transformers 3. It is also in 3D and since this technology has been received very well in India, the collections has been good.

Though the promotion is yet to kick-start for Ajay Devgn’s Singham in a big way, this film is carrying an excellent report and has a strong buzz around it. The theatrical trailer has already been loved by one and all and the film is expected to take a flying start and is also expected to do big business.

And of course, the big success of Ready has generated lot of curiosity for Salman Khan’s next Eid release - Bodyguard. Will Salman Khan manage to score a hat-trick of success with Bodyguard after delivering two hits, Wanted and Dabangg? Well, he certainly will; is what the general belief is in the film trade.  Eid is followed by Ganesh Chaturthi which might slow down the business to an extent, some traders feel.

Though the release date of Agneepath is not yet finalised but it is likely to be released in the month of November. The expectation is very high as the film has Hrithik Roshan as the hero and Sanjay Dutt as the villain.

Apart from Singham, Bodyguard and Agneepath, two more movies were the talk of the trade this week –Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One and Don 2. Those who have had a peek of the 30-second Don 2 teaser are raving about it. And, not surprisingly, going by Shah Rukh Khan’s plans for Ra.One, this film is growing bigger by each passing day.

Trade Trac

Update Date Release Movie BoxOffice Prev Week Current Week Weekly Change
Exh Dist bookies Exh Dist Bookies Exh Dist Bookies
July 02, 2011 July 01, 2011 Bbuddah?Hoga Terra Baap First Weekend 16 20 23 5 10 7 -11 -10 -16
First Week 26 27 32 9 16 12 -17 -11 -20
total 42 44 44 15 20 22 -27 -24 -22
July 02, 2011 July 01, 2011 Delhi Belly First Weekend 9 15 10 12 15 15 3 0 5
First Week 14 22 15 18 22 20 4 0 5
total 18 25 21 22 25 23 4 0 2
July 02, 2011 July 08, 2011 Murder 2 First Weekend 15 18 15 15 18 15 0 0 0
First Week 20 24 22 22 24 24 2 0 2
total 28 30 26 28 30 30 0 0 4
July 02, 2011 July 08, 2011 Zindagi Na First Weekend 12 20 15 12 20 18 0 0 3
First Week 24 32 22 24 32 22 0 0 0
total 30 38 41 28 35 30 -2 -3 -11
July 02, 2011 July 22, 2011 Singham First Weekend 36 35 36 33 35 35 -3 0 -1
First Week 50 55 53 50 55 53 0 0 0
total 75 85 80 75 85 82 0 0 2
July 02, 2011 August 12, 2011 Aarakshan First Weekend 32 40 35 32 40 35 0 0 0
First Week 58 60 53 48 60 53 -10 0 0
total 70 80 80 75 80 80 5 0 0
July 02, 2011 August 31, 2011 Bodyguard First Weekend 50 50 50 51 50 51 1 0 1
First Week 80 80 80 81 82 81 1 2 1
total 120 130 130 122 131 132 2 1 2
July 02, 2011 September 09, 2011 Mausam First Weekend 10 10 9 10 10 10 0 0 1
First Week 15 15 14 15 15 14 0 0 0
total 18 20 21 19 21 21 1 1 0
July 02, 2011 September 09, 2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan First Weekend 11 15 12 12 14 12 1 -1 0
First Week 16 20 18 17 20 18 1 0 0
total 21 25 22 22 24 22 1 -1 0
July 02, 2011 September 16, 2011 Force First Weekend 12 15 12 12 13 11 0 -2 -1
First Week 18 22 20 18 20 18 0 -2 -2
total 25 30 25 25 27 25 0 -3 0
July 02, 2011 October 06, 2011 Rascals First Weekend 22 27 25 23 27 26 1 0 1
First Week 30 40 35 32 40 36 2 0 1
total 50 51 54 51 52 54 1 1 0
July 02, 2011 October 26, 2011 Ra.One First Weekend 53 55 56 54 58 57 1 3 1
First Week 75 77 75 76 77 75 1 0 0
total 105 108 110 108 110 111 3 2 1
July 02, 2011 October 27, 2011 Damadamm! First Weekend 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
First Week 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
total 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0
July 02, 2011 November 10, 2011 The Dirty Picture First Weekend 15 20 20 16 20 20 1 0 0
First Week 24 32 28 26 32 30 2 0 2
total 30 40 35 34 40 36 4 0 1
July 02, 2011 November 18, 2011 Desi Boyz First Weekend 20 25 22 21 25 22 1 0 0
First Week 32 40 35 34 40 35 2 0 0
total 45 55 50 46 53 50 1 -2 0
July 02, 2011 December 09, 2011 Agent Vinod First Weekend 18 20 20 18 20 19 0 0 -1
First Week 25 32 28 25 30 28 0 -2 0
total 42 55 51 43 53 51 1 -2 0
July 02, 2011 December 09, 2011 Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl First Weekend 9 12 10 10 12 10 1 0 0
First Week 14 18 15 14 19 15 0 1 0
total 20 25 25 22 25 25 2 0 0
July 02, 2011 December 23, 2011 Don 2 First Weekend 45 50 45 48 50 47 3 0 2
First Week 70 75 70 72 76 72 2 1 2
total 90 91 93 95 94 96 5 3 3
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