By Sonia Maria
How did the releases this week fare at the box office? We take a look...
Bol Bachchan is a superhit
The sole release this weekend in tinsel town has been the Ajay Devgn & Abhishek Bachchan-starrer 'Bol Bachchan'. Directed by Rohit Shetty, who earlier paired up with Devgn to churn out hits like the 'Golmaal' series and 'Singham', this film sees AB Jr join the successful duo in the remake of the cult classic, 'Gol Maal'. While reviewers have not been too kind to the film, the audiences have lapped up the rehashed version.
BO performance of Bol Bachchan
Verdict: The film is already a hit and is expected to be a super one. Don't be surprised if it crosses the 100-crore mark. Most multiplexes are going to retain the film for a second-week run.
All India collections: 43.10 crores (approx, opening weekend)
Audience reaction: The opening of the film was very strong and most multiplexes across the country have registered an 80% occupancy levels. Last Sunday, premiere multiplexes in most cities registered a cent per cent occupancy level. Abhishek Bachchan's double role seems to have worked with the junta. The collections saw a huge upward surge from Monday morning too. Interestingly, the Monday morning collections of the film surpassed the Friday morning collections which is a rare phenomenon in Bollywood.
Projection for next week: The film will fare slightly better from Tuesday onwards. The movie is scheduled to break first-week records. It is also expected to break first week collection records at some centres in the north. The film has particularly scored well in B-sector cities like Bhopal and Allahabad.
BO performance of Eega (Naan Ee)
SS Rajamouli's revenge saga is going strong in the south. Interestingly, the film has beaten 'Bol Bachchan' in the US market, which is again a rare phenomenon. The film got great reviews and strong word-of-mouth publicity. The special effects have really worked wonders for the film and the film’s collections haven’t shown a dip in any of the centres which means that the film will hold on till the second week.
Verdict: A sure-shot all-India hit by its second week. Will be a superhit in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, as well as in the US.
All India collections: 18.5 crores (approx) (opening weekend)
Audience reaction: The audience reacted very well as the opening numbers show. Most of the shows down south were housefull. Both the Tamil and Telugu versions did equally well. The film has done amazingly well in the US market.
Projection for next week: The film will easily have a good second-week run.
BO performance of 3 Bachelors
Verdict: A bigger flop than 'Daal Main Kuchh Kaala Hai'.
All India collections: The film is a wash-out and figures were not available since a lot of multiplexes didn’t even screen the film.
Projection for next week: Unlikely to be retained by theatres for another week
Last week's release
The Amazing Spider-Man: Superhit, having collected 42.25 crores in its opening week
(All figures from Bollywood film trade journals)
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