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Box Office Report for the Week - 17 Sep 2010
  ´Dabangg´ Is The Best Opener Ever, Beats ´3 Idiots´ First Week Record!
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It is almost an open week with just the English-Punjabi film ` A Distant Mirage` and also `Life Express` releasing. And that is a smart move as the still very strong `Dabangg` will decimate anything and everything in sight!

 Dabangg  Verdict: Hit
 Weekly Earnings: UK £332,673 ; US$628,137  Total Earnings: UK £332,673 ; US$628,137
 PB Rating: 7.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Abhinav Kashyap  Producer: Arbaaz Khan
 Music: Sajid Wajid, Lalit Pandit  Lyrics: Faiz Anwar, Lalit Pandit, Jalees Sherwani
 Starring: Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna Dimple Kapadia
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
While the opening of Salman Khan`s `Dabangg` was always going to be huge, it continues to be strong even in the weekdays. The film has not only beaten the opening weekend record of `3 Idiots` but even the seemingly impossible first week record of 79 crore (also including 3 crore Thursday paid previews). In it`s first week `Dabangg` has netted well over 80 crores. No doubt that the film is a blockbuster, the only question remaining to be answered is whether it will be an all time blockbuster or not. The Abhinav Kashyap directed film has also rocked the Overseas despite its `desi` theme and setting.


 We Are Family  Verdict: Below average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 17.80 crore ; UK£226,291  Total Earnings: India Rs. 17.80 crore ; UK£457,815 ; US$410,876
 PB Rating: 5.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Siddharth Malhotra  Producer: Karan Johar
 Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil and Anvita Dutt
 Starring: Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal
 Genre: Family  Recommended Audience: General
Karan Johar’s `We Are Family` has not been appreciated much, though the collections have come in better than expected (in the weekdays). The makers will have to rely on the non-theatrical rights to get into the safety zone. The Kajol, Arjun and Kareena starrer has shown a surprising jump in the UK.

 Lafangey Parindey  Verdict: Average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 1 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 22.50 crore ; UK£29,359
 PB Rating: 8.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Pradeep Sarkar  Producer: Aditya Chopra
 Music: R Anandh  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
 Starring: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone, Namit Das, Manish Chaudhary, Kay Kay Menon
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: General
Meanwhile Yash Raj`s `Lafangey Parindey` manages to get into the profit zone thanks to the fact that the makers who are also the distributors and hold all the additional rights. The Neil-Deepika starrer though is a washout in the Overseas.

 Peepli Live  Verdict: Hit plus
 Weekly Earnings: India rs. 0.50 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 30.50 crore ; US$757,951
 PB Rating: 8.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Anusha Rizvi  Producer: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, B. Shrinivas Rao
 Music: Indian Ocean, Nageen Tanvir, Bhadwai Village Mandali  Lyrics: Noon Meem Rashed, Sanjeev Sharma, Gangaram Sakhet, Swanand Kirkiree
 Starring: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghubir Yadav, Malaika Shenoy, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
 Genre: Social  Recommended Audience:
Meanwhile Aamir Khan’s Anusha Rizvi directed `Peepli [Live]` is ending it`s theatrical tenure, after a wonderful run. The starless film has also done wonders in the US.

 Once Upon A Time in Mumbai  Verdict: Hit plus
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.45 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 56.25 crore ; UK£126,696
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Milan Luthria  Producer: Balaji Telefilms
 Music: Pritam  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil, Nilesh Mishra, Amitabh Bhattacharya
 Starring: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
In the end checking out Milan Luthria’s Ajay-Emraan starrer `Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai`, the film is ending its succeesful run. `Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai` though has been rejected in the Overseas.

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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