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Box Office Report for the Week - 18 Oct 2007
  ´Speed´ Has No Pace; ´Bhool Bhulaiyaa´ Dominates ´Laaga Chunari Mein Daag´ Globally
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 Speed  Verdict: New
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
 Director: Vikram Bhatt  Producer: Harry Baweja
 Music: Pritam  Lyrics: Mayur Puri
 Starring: Aashish Chaudhary, Aftab Shivdasani, Amrita Arora, Sanjay Suri, Sophie Chaudhary, Tanushree Datta, Urmila Matondkar, and Zayed Khan
 Genre:  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Next Friday will see the release of only one major movie and that is Harry Baweja`s Vikram Bhatt directed `Speed`. The film starring Zayed Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Aashish Chaudhary, Sanjay Suri and Aftab Shivdasani has little or no chance because the two releases of last week are quite fresh and the Priyadarshan directed `Bhool Bhulaiyaa` still strong.

 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: US $320,987 ; U K $501,714  Total Earnings: US $320,987 ; U K $501,714
Yash Raj`s `Laaga Chunari Mein Daag` started on a dull to weak note almost everywhere. Saturday and Sunday saw some pick up ( due to `Eid`), specially at some multiplexes. Trade feels that the Jaya, Rani, Konkona, Kunal and Abhishek (extended special appearance) starrer, `Laaga Chunari Mein Daag`, may not live up to the Yash Raj brand. The movie has fared much better in the Overseas. The first weekend can be termed as good in the UK and decent in the US.

 Bhool Bhulaiyaa  Verdict: Awaited
 Weekly Earnings: US $512,000 ; UK $598,341  Total Earnings: US $512,000 ; UK $598,341
 PB Rating: 7.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Priyadarshan  Producer: Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar
 Music: Pritam  Lyrics: Sameer
 Starring: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, Amisha Patel, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Manoj Joshi, Vikram Gokhale, Rasika Joshi, Vineeth, Tareena Patel
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The second `Eid` release, T-Series` Priyadarshan directed Akshay, Shiney, Vidya, Amisha and Rajpal starrer, `Bhool Bhulaiyaa`, dominated the Yash Raj venture from the first show itself, both in India and the Overseas. Trade feels that `Bhool Bhulaiyaa` is a fair entertainer and given its good start, it is on course to succeed. Even in the Overseas, `Bhool Bhulaiyaa` easily outscored `Laaga Chunari Mein Daag`, more in the US and less in UK.

 Go , Its Breaking News , Chhodon Naa Yaar , 50 Lakh  Verdict: Flop to disaster
 Weekly Earnings: 1.25 crores to a few thousand  Total Earnings: 1.25 crores to a few thousand
As was obvious to all and sundry, the four bunched releases of October 5, Ram Gopal Varma`s `Go`, Swadeshi Entertainment`s `Chhodon Naa Yaar`, Percept Picture Company`s `50 Lakh` and Animaa Films` `It`s Breaking News`, have failed dismally at the ticket window. While `Go` is a debacle, `Chhodon Naa Yaar` is a box-office bomb. The third release, `50 Lakh`, is worth just a few thousands and `It`s Breaking News` has broken the back of its distributors!

 Johnny Gaddaar  Verdict: Loser
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 1.25 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 4.25 crores
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 402 unique users): 5.18
 Director: Sriram Raghavan  Producer: Adlabs Films Ltd.
 Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy  Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni, Hardkaur, Nilesh Mishra
 Starring: Dharmendra, Rimi Sen, Vinay Pathak, Zakir Hussain, Govind Namdeo, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rasika Joshi, Daya Shetty
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The well made `Johnny Gaddaar` slips further and there are no chances of a recovery.

 `Dil Dosti Etc.`  Verdict: Above-average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.90 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 2.50 crores (approx)
Prakash Jha`s low priced Manish Tiwari directed, Shreyas, Imaad and Nikita Anand starrer, `Dil Dosti Etc.`, had a steady second week. Given the shoestring budget, `Dil Dosti Etc.` is a surprising success.

 Dhol  Verdict: Semi-hit
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 1.75 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 17.25 crores ; UK $91,559
Despite bad reviews and negative write ups, Priyadarshan continues to beat his `Dhol`! The 8 crore Percept project is another unquestionable success for Priyadarshan in India. `Dhol` though has flopped in the UK.

 Dhamaal  Verdict: Hit
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 1.25 crores  Total Earnings: India 30 crores ; UK $464,752
Indra Kumar`s `Dhamaal` sees another decent week. the Dutt, Arshad, Riteish, Jaaved and Aashish starrer has touched the hit status in India. No wonder Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria are thinking in terms of a sequel! `Dhamaal` is also a good average in the UK .

 Chak De India  Verdict: Blockbuster
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 1.40- 1.50 crores  Total Earnings: India Rs. 64 crores ; US $1,120,404 ; UK $867,265
 PB Rating: 8.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.18
 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`, has another steady week to show. The 18-20 crore movie is already a blockbuster and chances are that it may just about creep to an all time blockbuster list, that is amongst the top five grossers of Bollywood. The Shimit Amin directed `Chak De! India` is also a hit in the Overseas.

Previous Weeks Box Office Reports »
 • ´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!
 • ´Highway´ Decent ; ´Gunday´ Semi-Hit ; ´Hasee Toh Phasee´ Above Average
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