After a relatively dull October, both movie-goers and trade analysts expected things to brighten up at the box office in November. While Krrish 3 and Goliyon Ki Raasleela — Ram-Leela did generate huge numbers, the latest releases Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! and Singh Saab The Great failed to meet expectations. In fact, the previous week’s ...Ram-Leela continues to perform well.
Dull opening of Gori Tere...
Expectations from 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein' were high, especially since their earlier release, the Imran Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu had done well at the box office. Unfortunately, this Karan Johar production failed to impress. “Gori Tere.. saw a poor opening, and was slightly better on Saturday,” says trade expert Amod Mehra. According to www.koimoi.com, the film earned Rs 10 crore at the domestic box office — with the break-up being, Rs 3.25 crore on Friday- Saturday each, and Rs 3.50 crore on Sunday. Considering that the film had released in 1560 screens across India, with huge publicity, the film’s performance has been disappointing. However, Mayank Shroff of Cinepolis says, “Gori Tere...has performed better in multiplexes than Singh Saab The Great. The occupancy has been around 50 per cent at our multiplexes.
Singh Saab... The Average
On the other hand, the Sunny Deol-starrer, Singh Saab... performed better at single screens but fared poorly at multiplexes. Taran Adarsh says, “Singh Saab... was targeted at the North Indian audience and single screens, so it had a slightly wider release with 2120 screens. It did decent business in northern territories and mass-dominated circuits.” Mehra, however, feels that it’s still a let down compared to what was expected from the Gadar team. Considering the costs involved, the collections may not benefit producers and distributors.The film did slightly better as compared to Gori Tere... and, according to director Anil Sharma, it collected Rs 23 crore in its opening weekend. However, trade analysts mention that the box office collection in the opening weekend is Rs16.25 crore.
...Ram-Leela crosses the `100-Crore mark
Despite the new releases, ... Ram-Leela is still holding well at several theatres. According to figures, the first week collection of the film was Rs 82.15 crore, but dipped in the second weekend, earning Rs 18.05 crore, with an overall total collection of Rs 100.20 crore. “Considering the cost of the film and its collections, it’s now in the safe zone. The producers are in a position to make some