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CC2C is a complete downer overseas

Written by: By: Taran Adarsh <a href="http://bollywoodhungama.com/" target="_blank">Bollywood Hungama</a>
 
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Given the fact that both Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi [Shah Rukh Khan] and Ghajini [Aamir Khan] have fared very well internationally and Akshay Kumar enjoys tremendous popularity, Chandni Chowk To China should've been at par or perhaps more than Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini in the key international markets.

Given the fact that Warner Bros. had promoted the film like no Hindi film has ever been promoted before [premiere screenings in U.S.A., Canada and U.K.], the opening weekend numbers of Chandni Chowk To China should've been the biggest ever for a Hindi film. Let's not forget that Chandni Chowk To China has also been released at a record number of screens, much more than Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini can boast of.

But, alas, Chandni Chowk To China has proved a complete downer in the international markets as well. The film has failed to create magic, to put it bluntly. Forget overpowering Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini, the film is lower than Jodhaa Akbar, Race and Singh Is Kinng too.

All that noise that Chandni Chowk To China tried to create before its release, has evaporated into thin air now that the verdict is out!

U.K. BOX-OFFICE
Weekend: January 16 - 18, 2009.

  • CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA has debuted at No. 17 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 2,74,524 [approx. Rs. 1.89 crores] on 61 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 4,500.

The breakup:- Friday: £ 81,448; Saturday: £ 1,11,785; Sunday: £ 81,291.
Note:- On Monday, the film witnessed a 76% fall. It collected £ 19,277 [on 57 screens], taking its total to £ 2,93,801.

TOP 6 IN U.K.

FILM OPENING WEEKEND [£] SCREENS AVERAGE [£]
Jodhaa Akbar 3,63,726 [incl. Thursday previews] 46 7,907
Race 4,57,303 [4 dy.; till Monday] 46 9,941
Singh Is Kinng 4,93,281 [incl. Thursday previews] 50 9,866
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 4,03,842 60 6,731
Ghajini 3,18,538 49 6,501
Chandni Chowk To China 2,74,524 61 4,500


  • VILLU [Tamil film] has debuted at No. 21 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 39,665 [approx. Rs. 27.27 lacs] on 13 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 3,051.
  • RAB NE BANA DI JODI [last weekend: No. 20, this weekend: No. 32]: In its sixth weekend, the film has collected £ 8,893 on 21 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 423. Total: £ 14,85,734 [approx. Rs. 10.21 crores].
  • GHAJINI [last weekend: No. 19, this weekend: No. 33]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected £ 7,709 on 9 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 857. Total: £ 7,13,459 [approx. Rs. 4.91 crores].
  • DOSTANA [last weekend: No. 75, this weekend: No. 105]: In its tenth weekend, the film has collected £ 24 on 1 screen. Total: £ 9,80,922 [approx. Rs. 6.75 crores].

THIS WEEKEND IN U.K.
[Based on screen averages]

RANK FILM AVERAGE
1 CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA £ 4,500
2 VILLU [Tamil film] £ 3,051
3 GHAJINI £ 857
4 RAB NE BANA DI JODI £ 423
5 DOSTANA £ 24

U.S.A. BOX-OFFICE
4-day weekend: January 16 - 19, 2009.

  • CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA has debuted at No. 28 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 6,85,798 [approx. Rs. 3.38 crores] on 130 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 5,275.

TOP 6 IN U.S.A.

FILM OPENING WEEKEND [$] SCREENS AVERAGE
Jodhaa Akbar 16,02,356 100 16,023
Race 8,02,254 96 8,357
Singh Is Kinng 9,01,787 77 11,712
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 9,11,771 83 10,985
Ghajini 13,87,534 82 16,921
Chandni Chowk To China [4-day weekend] 6,85,798 130 5,275

  • GHAJINI [last weekend: No. 32, this weekend: No. 53]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected $ 33,597 on 22 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 1,527. Total: $ 24,44,668 [approx. Rs. 12.04 crores].

AUSTRALIA BOX-OFFICE
4-day weekend: January 15 - 18, 2009.

  • CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA has debuted at No. 19 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected Aus. $ 1,72,970 [approx. Rs. 56.78 lacs] on 20 screens, with the per screen average working out to Aus. $ 8,649.

TOP 6 IN AUSTRALIA

FILM OPENING WEEKEND [Aus. $] SCREENS AVERAGE
Jodhaa Akbar 1,56,273 15 10,418
Race 1,83,961 14 13,140
Singh Is Kinng 1,28,667 9 14,296
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 1,99,986 15 13,332
Ghajini 2,54,000 - -
Chandni Chowk To China 1,72,970 20 8,649

Topics: rab ne bana di jodi, chandni chowk to china, ghajini
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