Everyone expected Parineeta to embark on a flying start.
But the Friday collections -- in the range of 45% to 75% -- did
catch the trade watchers by surprise [the multiplexes showed a
better start]. Ideally, this 2005 adaptation of an early 20th
century classic should've garnered a 90% + start everywhere,
irrespective of the merits of the film.
The multiplexes of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata performed
exceedingly well in the first weekend, while the business at some
single screens [those frequented by hardcore masses] was not
befitting a biggie. The business ranged from average to dull at
THIS WEEK IN 2004
[Weekend: June 4-6, 2004]
Aan took a good start at several centres, but the
collections started sliding downwards from Day 2 [Saturday], which
clearly indicated that a strong face-value can attract audiences on
Day 1, but what counts eventually is the content. It's simple: No
substance, no audience!
While the opening weekend of Aan was quite impressive
in Mumbai, the drop in the b.o. collections from Monday onwards
must've caught its distributors unaware. Even at key stations of
Gujarat and Maharashtra, the film followed a similar pattern.