With its bumper publicity, the Dabangg epidemic has taken India in its grip. The film has had an earth-shattering opening everywhere and is all set to write new box-office history in the first weekend itself! Business in single-screen cinemas will be historic, of course, but collections in multiplexes will also be outstanding. ‘Dabangg’ will click in big, medium and small centres, with the Eid festival and the heavy anticipation only adding to the business. New records were created at hundreds of cinemas on the opening day.

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The other release this weekend, Resident Evil 4: Afterlife holds little appeal for the Hindi film-going audiences, and will do ordinary business. The opening was below the mark almost everywhere in spite of Eid holiday.

Last week’s release We Are Family has not been appreciated. After a fair weekend, the film crashed at most places. Total 7,99,07,070 from 233 cinemas.

Last week’s other releases, The Film Emotional Atyachar, Mallika and Piranha 3D have fared poorly. ‘The Film Emotional Atyachar’ had a total 63,29,249 from 256 cinemas while ‘Mallika’ had a total 30,93,679 from 117 cinemas.

John Abraham starrer Aashayein is out while Neil Nitin Mukesh-Deepika Padukone’s Lafangey Parindey is in its 3rd week with total 48,81,544 from 169 cinemas. Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live raked in a total 36,51,628 from 93 cinemas in its 4th week.

Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai is going good with total 26,56,264 from 71cinemas in its 6th week.

Detailed collections:

COMPARATIVE FIGURES IN INDIA
No.FilmWeekCollectionNo. of PrintsAverage per print
1We Are Family1st7,99,07,0702333,42,949
2The Film Emotional Atyachar1st63,29,24925624,724
3Lafangey Parindey3rd48,81,54416928,885
4Peepli Live4th36,51,6289339,265
5Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai6th26,56,2647137,412

India Box Office Collections for the week of September 3 – September 9, 2010 (Figures in Rs.)

By Komal Nahta

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