By Sonia Maria
How did the releases this week fare at the box office? We take a look...
Cocktail scores at the box office
There two big ticket releases last week and as far as the collections show, both have done well at the box office. While 'Cocktail' has recorded a very good occupancy across the country, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' has also notched up a very good score with 90% occupancy levels.
In the regional sector, 'Billa II' will also see it through and recover all its costs, even though it is a little weak in certain sectors.
BO performance of Cocktail
All India collections: 35 crores (opening weekend)
Audience reaction: After a strong opening day, the film saw a huge surge in the BO collections during the weekend. The movie made Rs 10.75 crores on the opening day and saw an upward swing in collections during the weekend. It also took a strong opening overseas, raking in 15 crores. The target audience, mostly urbane youngsters seem to have given the film a huge thumbs up. The film has taken the metros and multiplexes by storm.
Projection for next week: The movie is expected to be a superhit and might gross close to 90 crores. It is unlikely that the film will clock 100 crores. However, if the film enjoys a good third week run, it might touch 100 crores. The movie is expected to keep up the winning momentum in multiplexes and metros, at least till the release of Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion 'The Dark Knight Rises' releases this Friday. With no other Bollywood release lined up this week, the movie is sure to benefit.
BO performance of Billa II
All India collections: 30.45 crores (opening weekend)
Audience reaction: The movie opened very strongly in Tamil Nadu with 95 per cent occupancy in multiplexes and single screen theatres. The film ran to packed houses on the opening day and is still going strong. The first day saw the movie raking in 19 crores in the Southern market. The movie's business, unexpectedly, remains weak in other sectors.
Projection for next week: The film has not done as expected and won't be able to break records as predicted. However, the film will easily recover all its costs and enjoy a comfortable second-week run in the south market as not many big ticket south films are releasing this week.
BO performance of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
All India collections: 10 crores (approximate estimate)
Audience reaction: The film hasn't been able to score well with the audience and the bad reviews that it received, added to its woes. The film didn't get a good opening and most multiplexes have recorded a fall in business from Sunday onwards. However, the official collection figures haven't been made public so it cannot be said how badly it fared in the Indian market.
Projection for next week: The film hasn't been able to score well at any of the markets and will be replaced by the Batman movie in week two at almost 90% of the theatres. Like any other average Hollywood grosser, it has scored with niche pockets and not with the general audience.
Last week's releases
Mega hit. Rohit Shetty has broken his own records at the box office. 'Bol Bachchan' will surpass the box office collections of his last few releases including 'Singham', 'Golmaal 3' and 'Golmaal Returns'. The producers have already confirmed that it has created a few records. This will be Abhishek and Ajay's biggest hit of their careers so far and the film is the latest joinee in the elite 100 crore club.
The audience rejected the film outright and it didn't even sustain for three days in most sectors. Most reputed multiplexes didn't screen the film. The film is wash-out.
(All figures from Bollywood film trade journals)
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