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Box Office Report for the Week - 9 Jan 2009
  ´Ghajini´ Resets The Record Books ; ´Jumbo´ Trampled ; ´Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi´ Is A Blockbuster
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 Upcoming...  Verdict: Releasing
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
After two open weeks, mainly due to `Ghajini`, the coming Friday will see a host of new but small budget ventures. The list includes the Sneha Ullal starrer `Kaash ... Mere Hote`, Hrishita Bhatt`s `Bad Luck Govind` and the English film, `The President Is Coming`. From the three only `Bad Luck Govind` and to lesser extent `The President Is Coming` is expected to make some impact. However, chances are that the older releases like `Ghajini` and `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi` will still be too strong for the newer ones!

 Jumbo  Verdict: Disaster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 2 crores
Coming to the first Christmas release, `Jumbo`, the film flattered to deceive, after a quite good opening day. The Akshay Kumar voiceover animated venture was no match for Aamir Khan`s `Ghajini` and has been totally rejected.

 Ghajini  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 64 crores ; UK$160,307 ; US$288,075  Total Earnings: India 64 crores ; UK$867,786 ; US$2,192,682
 PB Rating: 8.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.17
 Director: A.R. Murugadoss  Producer: Allu Arving & Madhu Varma
 Music: A.R. Rahman  Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
 Starring: Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The second release of the Christmas week, A.R. Murugadoss`s Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan and Pradeep Rawat starrer, `Ghajini`, the film broke almost every conceivable record at the ticket windows, from the A to the Z centres! The collections for the 8-day plus (including paid previews) run are mind boggling to say the least. One more surprising aspect of the runaway success of `Ghajini` is that it has scored fabulously well in the Overseas circuit (barring to some extent UK). This will undoubtedly be the biggest hit of Aamir Khan abroad.

 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi  Verdict: Blockbuster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 10 crores ; UK$112,875 ; US$72,537  Total Earnings: India Rs. 77.50 crores ; UK$2,050,321 ; US$2,040,699
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.16
 Director: Aditya Chopra  Producer: Yash Raj Films
 Music: Salim-Sulaiman  Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni
 Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
 Genre: Romantic  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
In the wake of the `Ghajini` tsunami and reduced number of shows, `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi` managed its share of the festive pie, even in its third week, mainly due to family patronization and SRK star power. It may come as a surprise to many but the film is still setting records, especially in the central parts of India. Needless to add that like most Shah Rukh Khan starrers, `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi` is a huge success in the Overseas. The two biggest markets, US and UK have both crossed $2 million each.

 Dostana  Verdict: Above average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.10 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 45.10 crores ; UK$1,422,954 ; US$1,243,910
 PB Rating: 7.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Tarun Mansukhani  Producer: Karan Johar / Hiroo Yash Johar
 Music: Vishal & Shekhar  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan, Kumaar, Vishal
 Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty
 Genre: Comedy  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Karan Johar`s Tarun Mansukhani directed, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol (special appearance) starrer, `Dostana`, has more or less ended its run. The film has had an impressive Overseas run.

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