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Overseas mein bhi hit hai mamu!

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By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

2006 is a landmark year for Bollywood. Not only has the volume of business increased in India, even the Overseas territory is growing with each passing week. While Rang De Basanti, Fanaa, and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna have emerged solid hits, an Omkara [with a dark theme] is a big success in U.S.A., while a Humko Deewana Kar Gaye [a non-success in India] is a success in U.K.

Without doubt, Overseas is the hottest territory today!

While Sanjay Dutt has never been a hot proposition in Overseas, the tide is likely to change with Lage Raho Munnabhai. In fact, this is the first Sanju starrer that has been released with 150 + prints in Overseas. But there's another reason to rejoice: Lage Raho Munnabhai has opened to an extra-ordinary response in the three major markets -- U.S.A., U.K. and Australia. Lage raho, Choprabhai and Hiranibhai!

Meanwhile, Tips' Punjabi film Dil Apna Punjabi has also opened to an excellent response in U.K.

Weekend: September 1 - 3, 2006.

U.K. BOX-OFFICE

  • Lage Raho Munnabhai has debuted at No. 15 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 233,158 [approx. Rs. 2.05 crores] on 38 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 6,136. In terms of numbers, Lage Raho Munnabhai is the third biggest opener in U.K. this year, after K.A.N.K. [£ 749,243] and Fanaa [£ 300,563]. It's bigger than Rang De Basanti [£ 221,226] and KRRISH [£ 210,499].

  • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna [last weekend: No. 12, this weekend: No. 22]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected £ 63,960 on 54 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 1,184. Total: £ 1,959,584 [approx. Rs. 17.19 crores].

  • Dil Apna Punjabi [Punjabi] has debuted at No. 24 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 52,499 [approx. Rs. 46 lacs] on 10 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 5,250.

  • Aap Ki Khatir [last weekend: No. 18, this weekend: No. 27]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 23,439 on 27 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 868. Total: £ 184,951 [approx. Rs. 1.62 crores].

THIS WEEKEND IN U.K.

[Based on screen averages]


RANK FILM AVERAGE
1 LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI £ 6,136
2 DIL APNA PUNJABI £ 5,250
3 KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA £ 1,184
4 AAP KI KHATIR £ 868












U.S.A. BOX-OFFICE
[Weekend: September 1 - 4, 2006; 4-day Labor Day weekend]

  • Lage Raho Munnabhai has debuted at No. 22 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 863,073 [approx. Rs. 3.99 crores] on 65 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 13,278.

  • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna [last weekend: No. 30, this weekend: No. 45]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected $ 160,854 on 30 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 5,362. Total: $ 3,160,979 [approx. Rs. 14.63 crores].

  • Water [last weekend: No. 81, this weekend: No. 103]: In its nineteenth weekend, the film has collected $ 2,313 on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 771. Total: $ 3,222,857 [approx. Rs. 14.92 crores].

THIS WEEKEND IN U.S.A.

[Based on screen averages]


RANK FILM AVERAGE
1 LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI $ 13,278
2 KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA $ 5,362
3 WATER $ 771











NEW YORK CITY BOX-OFFICE

[Weekend: September 1 - 4, 2006; 4-day Labor Day weekend]

  • Lage Raho Munnabhai has debuted at No. 17 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 96,211 on 5 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 19,242.

  • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna [last weekend: No. 28, this weekend: No. 38]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected $ 13,956 on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 4,652. New York total: $ 280,370.

  • Water [last weekend: No. 72, this weekend: No. 63]: In its nineteenth weekend, the film has collected $ 1,552 on 1 screen. New York total: $ 759,472.

  • Omkara [last weekend: No. 55, this weekend: No. 75]: In its sixth weekend, the film has collected $ 416 on 1 screen. New York total: $ 48,097.

AUSTRALIA BOX-OFFICE

[4-day weekend: August 31 - September 3, 2006]

  • Lage Raho Munnabhai has debuted at No. 17 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected Australia $ 74,878 [approx. Rs. 26.64 lacs] on 8 screens, with the per screen average working out to Australia $ 9,360. It's the highest per screen average in the 'Top 20' list!

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