After a relatively dull October month, both moviegoers and trade analysts expected things to brighten up at the box office collections in November. While Krrish 3, and Ram Leela did generate huge numbers, the latest releases Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan and Singh Saab The Great, starring Sunny Deol, failed to meet the rising expectations in Bollywood. In fact, the previous week’s Ram Leela still continues to perform well, indicating the new releases don't really pack a punch as far as audiences are concerned.
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
Expectations from Gori Tere... were high, especially since the earlier release, the Imran Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu had done well with their box office collections. 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 koimoi.com, the film earned Rs.10 crore at the domestic box-office, the break-up being, Rs.3.25 crore on Friday-Saturday each, and Rs.3.50 crore on Sunday. Thus, considering the fact that the film had released in 1560 screens pan India, and the hype involved, its 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 Singh Saab The Great
On the other hand, the Sunny Deol starrer, Singh Saab... performed better at single screens, but fared poorly at the multiplexes. Taran Adarsh says, “SSTG was targetted 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... 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 Rs.16.25 crore.
Ram Leela crosses the Rs.100-crore mark
Despite the new releases, Ram Leela is still holding well at several theatres. According to official 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