Exclusive report by Koimoi.com Editor Komal Nahta on the box-office fate of Hrithik Roshan starrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Warner Bros. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Plus the box-office collections and analysis of Murder 2, Chillar Party, Delhi Belly and more.
Hrithik Roshan’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: 1st week box-office (July 15-21)
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara scored very well in its first week on the strength of multiplex audiences. Although collections in single-screen cinemas weren’t very impressive, the grosses at multiplexes were excellent. The bigger the city, the better were the collections. The first weekend ended at Rs. 27.25 crore although the opening day’s net was Rs. 7.75 crore. Collections picked up by 20% on Saturday and another 10% on Sunday. The film has been loved by the youth mainly. Even the second weekend was good in spite of the new opposition of Singham. ZNMD made Rs. 2.5 crore on Friday (July 22) and Rs. 3.75 on Saturday.
Trade reports suggest that the film may go on to net Rs. 60 crore plus in its lifetime, yielding a share of around Rs. 30 crore from India. In the Overseas territory, the youth film performed pretty well. Although the start on Friday in the UK was only fair, collections shot up to £95,000 on Sunday alone. A film like Ready, which had opened better than ZNMD, grossed only £68,000 on the first Sunday. In UK, the weekend gross of ZNMD was roughly £2,55,000. From 388 cinemas in India, it collected Rs. 31.39 crore. The film performed the best in Bombay, followed by Delhi. In Bombay circuit, it collected Rs. 11.7 crore from 158 cinemas. A total of 73 cinemas in Delhi-U.P. brought in Rs. 7.94 crore. East Punjab, with Rs. 2.5 crore from 25 cinemas, was another circuit which contributed greatly to the first week’s impressive total of the film. The all-India average per cinema for ZNMD came to Rs. 8,09,139.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2: 1st week box-office (July 15-21)
Harry Potter Aur Maut Ke Tohfe Part 2 (dubbed) did well in its first week but not as well as expected, considering that it is the last film in the popular franchise. The English version fared far better and managed to net almost double the collections of the dubbed version. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (English) collected Rs. 8.43 crore from 142 cinemas whereas the Hindi dubbed version netted Rs. 4.56 crore from almost the same number (149) of cinemas. Point to be noted: the film performed excellently in its 3D avatar where the audience had a choice. But at centres where the film was released only in 2D, it fared well.
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