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Box Office Report for the Week - 29 Jan 2009
  ´Luck By Chance´ Likely To See ´Victory´ ; ´Raaz-TMC...´ Tames ´Slumdog Millionaire´ In India!
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This week will see an interesting clash between Zoya Akhtar`s Farhan-Konkona starrer `Luck By Chance` and Ajitpal Mangat`s Harman-Amrita starrer, `Victory`. One feels that of the two, `LBC` has better chances at the multiplexes and cities and `Victory` is likely to appeal more to the single screens and the smaller centres. Unfortunately, there is no big buzz associated with either the two upcoming releases, though `Luck By Chance` is likely to fare much better than `Victory`.

 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
The battle between the two releases of last Friday went the expected and predicted way as `Raaz-TMC..` dominated `Slumdog Millionaire` across India and from the first show. On an all India basis, `Raaz-The Mystery Continues...` saw quite an impressive opening at most of the places. Trade predicts that the film will keep everyone associated with it happy, its good initial and hit music being its biggest plus points.


 Slumdog Millionaire  Verdict: Awaited
 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
Danny Boyle`s `Slumdog Millionaire` could not really translate all the global hype into a good opening in India. The film saw an ordinary opening almost everywhere, barring some multiplexes of Bombay, Pune and South. The trade however is optimistic that `Slumdog Millionaire` is an excellent film and it may have started slow but it has the merits to pick up by strong and positive word of mouth. Its business in the multiplexes and big cities is likely to be quite good.

 Chandni Chowk to China  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 27 crores ; UK$103,249 ; US$125,392  Total Earnings: India Rs. 27 crores ; UK$601,890 ; US$869,611
 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 year`s first major release, Nikhil Advani`s Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Gordon Liu and Ranvir Shorey starrer failed to sustain beyond the weekend (especially Sunday). The collections fell heavily during the weekdays. Given the high number of prints and the huge involved costs, its a poor show and `Chandni Chowk To China` will be a heavy loser for all concerned. Even in the Overseas, the collections have crashed heavily

 Ghajini  Verdict: Flop
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 5 crores ; UK$6,014 ; US$8,348  Total Earnings: India Rs. 110.50 crores ; UK$998,737 ; US$2,428,713
 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`, saw its first major fall after three stupendous weeks. The Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan and Pradeep Rawat starrer is now within touching distance of an all time blockbuster status from India. `Ghajini` is already Aamir Khan`s biggest Overseas success.

 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi  Verdict: Blockbuster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 1 crore ; UK$5,841  Total Earnings: India Rs. 85.25 crores ; UK$2,063,916 ;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
Just like `Ghajini`, Aditya Chopra`s Shah Rukh Khan starrer `Rab Ne Bana Di`, saw a major fall but in its sixth week. After becoming the biggest grosser for Yash Raj Films (surpassing `Dhoom :2`- 80.60 crores), the all time blockbuster, `RNBDJ` is now sure to cross Shah Rukh Khan`s highest grosser, `Om Shanti Om`. The film is already is a blockbuster hit in the Overseas.

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