The film industry woke up to a big, big surprise on Friday. RGV's Phoonk started with a bang, taking one of the biggest starts in the recent times. The opening was in the 85% - 90% range across the nation, multiplexes and single screens included [at places, even 100%]. The distributors/exhibitors of various circuits this writer spoke to sounded elated. Given the fact that RGV has had a string of flops, no one expected Phoonk to open exceedingly well.
Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam had a dull start of 15% - 20% and the reports are not encouraging. Mumbai Meri Jaan too started in the same range, but the silver lining is that the reports are unanimously good and the strong word of mouth should benefit the film.
With Singh Is Kinng, Bachna Ae Haseeno and God Tussi Great Ho continuing at a majority of screens, the four new releases of the week – Mumbai Meri Jaan, Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam, Phoonk and My Friend Ganesha 2 - were released at limited screens. With four more releases next Friday, imagine the number of shows each film would be playing at.