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Box Office Report for the Week - 31 Aug 2007
  ´Sholay´ Homage Versus ´Victoria No. 203´ Remake, ´Heyy Babyy´ Impresses, ´CDI´ Is Rock-Steady
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 Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
Ram Gopal Varma`s 30 crore (as per the maker himself) tribute to `Sholay`, `Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag`, featuring some of the biggest names of the country like Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Ajay Devgan and Sushmita Sen, was expected to take a good start at B & C centres and also at single screens. Unfortunately its opening is dull and can at best be described as fair.

 Victoria No. 203  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
Another new release is Anant Mahadevan`s remake of the runaway hit from the 70s, `Victoria No. 203`. Interesting to note here that the old `Victoria No. 203` was made by Brij Sadanah, the father of the present producer of the remake, Kamal Sadanah. With poor publicity and negligible hype, the movie is likely to take a poor start.

 Dhokha  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 PB Rating: 8.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Pooja Bhatt  Producer: Vishesh Films and Fish Eye Network Pvt. Ltd.
 Music: M.M Kreem and Shiraz Uppal (Guest)  Lyrics: Shakeel Azmi, Sayeed Quadri, Khusbir Singh Shaad and Bharat Bhushan Pant
 Starring: Muzammil Ibrahim, Tulip Joshi, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover, Ashutosh Rana, Vineet Kumar, Aushima Sawhney and Bhanu Uday
 Genre: Social  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The third release of today is Pooja Bhatt`s `Dhoka`. Normally the Bhatt camp movies bank heavily on popular and good music but this time around `Dhoka` lacks in that department. Needless to say that `Dhoka` can at best hope for a fair performance at the multiplexes.

 Heyy Babyy  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: UK $ $460,654 ; US $601,857  Total Earnings: UK $ $460,654 ; US $601,857
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Sajid Khan  Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala (Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment)
 Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy  Lyrics: Sameer and Anvita Dutt Guptan
 Starring: Ritesh Deshmukh, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, and Boman Irani
 Genre: Comedy  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Sajid Nadiadwala`s Akshay, Fardeen, Riteish and Vidya starrer, `Heyy Babyy`, had a good start at the box-office, both in India and Overseas. The movie saw a good opening in Bombay. Outside of Bombay, `Heyy Babyy` had good start in Chennai, Delhi, East Punjab, C.I. and C.P. Berar. The movie embarked on a very good start in Rajasthan but was below the mark in U.P., though as the weekend progressed it picked up there also. will work best in big cities and multiplexes, which `Heyy Babyy` in a way will work for its benefit, as it is an expensive film. Even in the Overseas, the Sajid Khan directed movie had a good to excellent weekend.

 Marigold  Verdict: Disaster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 1.50 crores ( dubbed plus English)  Total Earnings: India Rs. 1.50 crores ( dubbed plus English)
 Director: Willard Carroll  Producer: Tom Wilhite and Charles Salmon
 Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy  Lyrics: Javed Akhtar (Hindi) and Willard Carroll (English)
 Starring: Salman Khan, Ali Larter, Nandana Sen, Helen, Suchitra Pillai, Ian Bohen, Shari Watson, Vikas Bhalia, Vijayendra Ghatge, Kiran Juneja
 Genre: Romantic  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The Salman Khan-Ali Larter starrer, `Marigold`, turns out to be a disaster, even if the earnings of the dubbed and the original English version is added.

 Chak De India  Verdict: Hit plus
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 15.50 crores ; UK $59,444 ; US $121,562  Total Earnings: India Rs. 35.50 crores ; UK $760,161 ; US $926,120
 PB Rating: 8.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 402 unique users): 5.19
 Director: Shimit Amin  Producer: Aditya Chopra
 Music: Salim-Sulaiman  Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni
 Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Amanda Wilkinson, Sagarita Ghatge, Sarah O’Conner, Anaitha Nair, Shilpa Shukla, Arya Menon, Shubhi Mehta, Nisha Nair, Sandia Furtado, Kim Snowden, Lalhmingkimi Khiangte, Tanya Abrol, Chitrashi Rawat, Rania Mascarhanas, Nichola Sequeira and Kimberly Miranda
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: General
Yash Raj`s Shah Rukh Khan-Vidya Malvade starrer, `Chak De! India` is still super strong overall and rock-steady in big cities. It is now apparrent that `Chak De! India` is also becoming a success in the Overseas though not as big as the usual Shah Rukh Khan song-and-dance and Raj/Rahul ventures!

 Partner  Verdict: Blockbuster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 1.75 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 61 crores ; UK $1,605,108 ; US $1,062,840
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 404 unique users): 5.15
 Director: David Dhawan  Producer: K. Sera Sera and Sohail Khan
 Music: Sajid-Wajid  Lyrics: Sanjay Chhel, Shabbir Ahmed and Jalees Sherwani
 Starring: Salman Khan, Govinda, Katrina Kaif, Lara Dutta
 Genre:  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Movies may come and movies may go, but it seems like David Dhawan`s Govinda, Salman, Lara and Katrina starrer `Partner` will go on and on! The movie is also a good success in the Overseas, specially in the UK.

Previous Weeks Box Office Reports »
 • ´Mardaani´ Impresses ; ´Singham Returns´ Is Super Hit ; ´Entertainment´ Survives ; ´Kick´ Is Blockbuster
 • 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!
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