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Box Office Report for the Week - 17 Aug 2013
  Impressive Start For ´OUATIMD´ ; ´Chennai Express´ Is A Mega Hit With 150 crore!
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The coming Friday will see the release of the Shoojit Sarkar directed John Abraham starrer `Madras Cafe`. The film is expected to open to good reviews but commercial prospects are not on the same level.

 Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara  Verdict: Opened
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 Director: Milan Luthria  Producer: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
 Music: Pritam Chakraborty  Lyrics: Rajat Aroraa
 Starring: Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonali Bendre, Sophie Choudry, Hazel, Sarfaraz Khan
 Genre: Action, Thriller  Recommended Audience: General
The new release of the week, Milan Luthria’s, `Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara`, opened to an impressive response (85-100 percent) on Independence day. Despite a limited release, the opening day saw the film netting in excess of 10 crore from India.

The Akshay, Imran and Sonakshi starrer, `OUATIMD`, which expanded to 2500 screens on the second day (Friday), maintained the tempo (but with lower occupancies), despite a working day and is expected to mop up anything from 12-13 crore (as per early estimates). The film is expected to end the first weekend (extended) with an impressive haul. Not only that, reports filtering in from the overseas are also quite encouraging.


 Chennai Express  Verdict: Mega hit
 Weekly Earnings: India 152 crore ; UK£934,000 ; US$2,416,500  Total Earnings: India 152 crore ; UK£934,000 ; US$2,416,500
 PB Rating: 7.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 412 unique users): 5.1
 Director: Rohit Shetty  Producer: Gauri Khan, Karim Morani, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
 Music: Vishal-Shekhar  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
 Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Priyamani(Item Number)
 Genre: Comedy  Recommended Audience: General
The Rohit Shetty directed Shah Rukh Khan directed `Chennai Express` is on a record breaking run. To sum up, paid previews, the best single day (debatable), the three day weekend, fastest hundred and now the first week records have all been broken and by huge margins. Most of the records broken are of the `Eid` 2012 release, the Salman-Katrina starrer, ` Ek Tha Tiger`. In the Overseas the phenomenon is similar and each and every circuit has seen records falling like nine pins. Let’s just take one example, `Chennai Express` is the first film to break the $2m mark from the US during the first weekend.

 B.A. Pass  Verdict: Average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 6 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 6 crore
Meanwhile Shilpa Shukla’s `B.A. Pass` saw an impressive run and is a surprising success.

 Ramaiya Vastavaiya  Verdict: Average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.50 crore  Total Earnings: india Rs. 31 crore
 Director: Prabhudeva  Producer: Kumar S Taurani
 Music: Sachin-Jigar  Lyrics: Priya Panchal
 Starring: Girish Taurani, Shruti Haasan, Sonu Sood, Randhir Kapoorm Vinod Khanna
 Genre: Musical, Romantic  Recommended Audience: General
Meanwhile Tips Films` Tips Girish Kumar-Shruti Hassan starrer, `Ramaiya Vastavaiya`, has inched its way to success.

 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag  Verdict: Super hit
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2.50 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 107.50 crore ; UK £ 263,000 ; US$1,626,000
 Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra  Producer: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
 Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy  Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
 Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Meesha Shafi, Rebecca Breeds
 Genre: Historic  Recommended Audience: General
Concluding with Rakeysh Mehra’s Farhan Akhtar starrer, `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`, the film continues to bring in the money (despite the `Chennai Express` tsunami). The film has also impressed in the Overseas, especially in the US.

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