This week’s Double Dhamaal is off to a flying start in some parts of India and a slow start in other parts. The comic caper witnessed a fantastic opening in North India (Delhi-U.P. and East Punjab mainly). At Silver City multiplex in Ghaziabad, the film had to be shown in three screens in the morning due to surging crowds. At Movie World multiplex in Ghaziabad also, attendance in the morning shows was housefull. Ditto for Spice multiplex at NOIDA.
But in cities like Pune, Raipur, Nagpur and Indore, collections were around 30-60% only.
At Bioscope multiplex in Jodhpur, the percentage occupancy in the first show was 17; in the second show, occupancy was 21%; in the third and fourth (the best) shows, the occupancy went up to 42.6% and a whopping 97% respectively. Collections nose-dived in the fifth (4.30 pm) show to 12.5 %.
All in all, the opening ranged from the dull to the excellent. Likewise, public reports ranged from the dull to good.
Interestingly, the film’s collections are good in ‘B’ and ‘C’ class centres as also in single-screen cinemas of ‘A’ class centres.
Overall, the opening weekend should be fair, not outstanding.