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Box Office Report for the Week - 23 Jan 2009
  ´Raaz-TMC...´ Set To Impress ; ´Chandni Chowk To China´ Underperforms!
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 Raaz - The Mystery Continues  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 PB Rating: 6.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Mohit Suri  Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
 Music: Raju Singh  Lyrics: Saeed Quadri
 Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Renaut, Adhyayan Suman
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
This week`s major release is going to be Mohit Suri`s Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Adhyayan Suman starrer, `Raaz - The Mystery Continues...`. Given the strong image of the `Raaz` brand name (though `Raax-TMC...` is not a sequel), the popularity of the sound track and the mastery of the makers in the genre of supernatural thrillers, the Bhatt`s are likely to give the Hindi film industry their first success of the year.

 Aasma  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 Director: Rohit Nayyar  Producer: Ram Kishore Saxena
 Music: Afsar-Sajid  Lyrics: Shahab Allahabadi
 Starring: Mansi Dohval, Shubh, Hrishitaa Bhatt and Ramkishore Saxena
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The extremely well made `Aasma - The Sky is The Limit` is the second Bollywood release of the week. Boasting of a melodious score and a lovely performance from Hrishita Bhatt, the film may impress a section of the audience.

 Slumdog Millionaire  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 PB Rating: 10.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Danny Boyle  Producer: Christian Colson / Fox Searchlight Pictures
 Music: A.R. Rahman  Lyrics: Raquib Alam, Gulzar, Blaaze, Wendy Parr, M.I.A., A.R. Rahman, & Tanvi Shah
 Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Rajendranath Zutshi, Freida Pinto, Jeneva Talwar, Irfan Khan
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Giving a strong competition to `Raaz-TMC...`, especially at the Metros and multiplexes, will be the Golden Globe winner and the Oscar nominated `Slumdog Millionaire` both in English as well as the Hindi dubbed version, `Slumdog Crorepati`.

 Chandni Chowk to China  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: UK$404,404 ; US$685,798  Total Earnings: UK$404,404 ; US$685,798
 PB Rating: 5.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Nikhil Advani  Producer: Ramesh Sippy, Mukesh Talreja, Rohan Sippy
 Music: Kailasa, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Bappi Lahiri, & Bohemia  Lyrics: Rajat Arora, Shaily Shailendra, Kailash Kher, Bohemia
 Starring: Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Ranvir Shorey, Mithun Chakraborty, Roger Yuan, Gordon Liu
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The big release of the previous Friday, Nikhil Advani`s Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Gordon Liu and Ranvir Shorey starrer, `Chandni Chowk To China`, failed to embark on the flying start that it was expected to. Trade predicts that considering its heavy cost, the film will entail losses to its makers (who are also its worldwide distributors) because it has absolutely no strength to sustain. In the Overseas, the film has performed decently in the US but is quite ordinary in the UK.

 Ghajini  Verdict: Blockbuster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 14 crores ; UK$12,412 ; US$33,597  Total Earnings: India Rs 105-106 crores ; UK$1,051,809 ; US$ $2,444,668
 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 Murugadoss directed Aamir Khan starrer `Ghajini` continues its dream run. The film is still doing very well all over. `Ghajini` is already Aamir Khan`s biggest Overseas hit.

 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi  Verdict: All Time Blockbuster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2.90 crores ; UK$14,794  Total Earnings: India Rs. 83-85 crores ; UK$2,189,817 ; US$2,078,956
 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
Aditya Chopra`s `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi` has another very steady week to show. The Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Vinay Pathak starrer is a blockbuster hit in the Overseas, like most SRK starrers.

Previous Weeks Box Office Reports »
 • Salman´s Resounding ´Kick´; ´Humpty Sharma..´ Is A Hit; ´Ek Vilain´ Super Hit!
 • ´Ek Villain´ To Open Well; Good Weekend For ´Humshakals´; ´Holiday´ Hits A Century!
 • ´Heropanti´ To Impress; ´The Xpose´ Is Dull; ´Hawaa Hawaai´ & ´Mastram´ Pull Through ; 100 Crore For ´2 States´
 • Bumper Start For ´2 States´ ; ´Bhoothnath Returns´ Succeeds ; ´Main Tera Hero´ Is A Semi-Hit!
 • Sunny´s ´MMS´ Scores; ´Bewakoofiyaan´ Disappoints; ´Queen´ Kangana Rocks; Vidya-Farhan´s ´Shaadi´ Succeeds!
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