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By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

It's a miracle! It's unbelievable! It's incredible!

Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has shattered all previous records in Overseas and emerged the biggest opener ever. The opening is higher than the two major openers -- Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Veer-Zaara.

Agreed, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was expected to open big, but the initial weekend collections have come as a big surprise to all and sundry. In fact, this writer was the first to predict -- days before the film hit the screens -- that K.A.N.K. would have the biggest start in this territory.

It wasn't the Diwali week, which generally witnesses a big jump in box-office collections. But Karan Johar's new outing has only reiterated the fact that a good film can survive all oppositions/loose talk and brave any weather.

Meanwhile, the combined total from the three markets [U.S.A., U.K., Australia] is approx. Rs. 13.75 crores in just 3 days.

Weekend: August 11 - 13, 2006.

U.K. BOX-OFFICE

  • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has debuted at No. 6 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 749,243 [approx. Rs. 6.59 crores] on 60 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 12,487.

  • In its opening weekend, Veer-Zaara had collected £ 484,993 on 60 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 8,083... In its opening weekend, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham had collected £ 473,355 on 41 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 11,545.

BIGGEST OPENERS IN U.K. - 2006


FILM OPENING WEEKEND [£] SCREENS AVERAGE [£]
Rang De Basanti 221,226 38 5,822
Mere Jeevan Saathi 112,246 35 3,207
Humko Deewana Kar Gaye 174,934 38 4,604
Fanaa 300,563 37 8,123
Phir Hera Pheri 125,366 36 3,482
Krrish 210,499 46 4,576
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna 749,243 60 12,487




















Note: The figures of other films hadn't reached while packing this article. But will be up soon.

U.S.A. BOX-OFFICE

    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has debuted at No. 17 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 1,351,786 [approx. Rs. 6.30 crores] on 64 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 21,122.

In its opening weekend, Veer-Zaara had collected $ 903,010 on 88 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 10,261.

  • Omkara [last weekend: No. 24, this weekend: No. 33]: In its third weekend, the film has collected $ 168,700 on 47 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 3,589. Total: $ 958,394 [approx. Rs. 4.46 crores].

  • Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar [last weekend: No. 33, this weekend: No. 56]: In its second weekend, the film has collected $ 34,430 on 27 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 1,275. Total: $ 176,892 [approx. Rs. 82.38 lacs].

  • Water [last weekend: No. 65, this weekend: No. 67]: In its sixteenth weekend, the film has collected $ 15,606 on 21 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 743. Total: $ 3,176,218 [approx. Rs. 14.79 crores].

THIS WEEKEND IN U.S.A.

[Based on screen averages]


RANK FILM AVERAGE
1 KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA $ 21,122
2 OMKARA $ 3,589
3 SHAADI KARKE PHAS GAYA YAAR $ 1,275
4 WATER $ 743












NEW YORK CITY BOX-OFFICE

  • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna [No. 16]: In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 95,770 on 4 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 23,943.

  • Omkara [last weekend: No. 26, this weekend: No. 40]: In its third weekend, the film has collected $ 4,425 on 1 screen. New York total: $ 39,668.

  • Water [last weekend: No. 50, this weekend: No. 50]: In its sixteenth weekend, the film has collected $ 1,997 on 1 screen. New York total: $ 754,020.

  • Anthony Kaun Hai? [last weekend: No. 38, this weekend: No. 79]: In its second weekend, the film has collected $ 48 on 1 screen. New York total: $ 5,427.

AUSTRALIA BOX-OFFICE

[4-day weekend: August 10 - 13, 2006]

  • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has debuted at No. 8 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected Australia $ 235,016 [approx. Rs. 83.84 lacs] on 11 screens, with the per screen average working out to Australia $ 21,365.

BIGGEST OPENERS IN AUSTRALIA


FILM WEEKEND [AUS. $] SCREENS AVERAGE [AUS. $]
Veer-Zaara 83,830 8 10,479
Swades 56,030 8 7,004
Bunty Aur Babli 52,349 7 7,478
Paheli 57,079 9 6,342
Mangal Pandey - The Rising 80,456 7 11,494
Salaam | Namaste 130,780 9 14,531
Rang De Basanti 81,367 8 10,171
Water [5-day weekend + paid previews] 179,057 16 11,191
Fanaa 125,009 9 13,890
Krrish 70,399 7 10,057
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna 235,016 11 21,365


























Note:- All 4-day weekends.

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