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Baabul is superb in U.K

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    By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

    Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    Baabul has stormed the U.K. charts, fetching an impressive start in its opening weekend. In terms of screen average, the film is better than Rang De Basanti [£ 5,822], Humko Deewana Kar Gaye [£ 4,604], Phir Hera Pheri [£ 3,482], Krrish [£ 4,576], Lage Raho Munnabhai [£ 6,136], Don [£ 5,715] and Umrao Jaan [£ 3,487]. At the rate it's faring, Baabul should easily cross the entire business of Baghban in U.K. [£ 748,028] in a few weeks from now. In Australia, Baabul has had a good average start.

    Meanwhile, the biggest hit of the season, Dhoom 2, has crossed Rs. 21.75 crores [gross] from the five markets -- U.K., U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand and Netherlands [see figures below]. Phenomenal!

    Weekend: December 8 - 10, 2006.

    U.K. BOX-OFFICE

    • Baabul has debuted at No. 8 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 289,907 [approx. Rs. 2.53 crores] on 45 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 6,442. Note:- £ 289,907 includes Thursday previews [£ 12,263 on 21 screens] and Friday-Sunday weekend collections [£ 277,644].

    • Dhoom 2 [last weekend: No. 10, this weekend: No. 14]: In its third weekend, the film has collected £ 78,405 on 48 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 1,633. Total: £ 1,039,223 [approx. Rs. 9.13 crores].

    • Vivah [last weekend: No. 23, this weekend: No. 42]: In its fifth weekend, the film has collected £ 2,645 on 7 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 378. Total: £ 257,132 [approx. Rs. 2.26 crores].

    • Umrao Jaan [last weekend: No. 35, this weekend: No. 51]: In its sixth weekend, the film has collected £ 1,017 on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 339. Total: £ 414,571 [approx. Rs. 3.64 crores].

    • Rendu [Tamil; last weekend: No. 43, this weekend: No. 53]: In its third weekend, the film has collected £ 875 on 1 screen. Total: £ 10,923 [approx. Rs. 9.60 lacs].

    • Ek Jind Ek Jaan [Punjabi; last weekend: No. 31, this weekend: No. 78]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 155 on 1 screen. Total: £ 8,187 [approx. Rs. 7.15 lacs].

    THIS WEEKEND IN U.K.

    [Based on screen averages]


    RANK FILM AVERAGE
    1 BAABUL £ 6,442
    2 DHOOM 2 £ 1,633
    3 RENDU [Tamil] £ 875
    4 VIVAH £ 378
    5 UMRAO JAAN £ 339
    6 EK JIND EK JAAN [Punjabi] £ 155


    U.S.A. BOX-OFFICE

    • Dhoom 2 [last weekend: No. 20, this weekend: No. 27]: In its third weekend, the film has collected $ 163,498 on 51 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 3,206. Total: $ 2,344,702 [approx. Rs. 10.50 crores].

    NEW YORK CITY BOX-OFFICE

    • Dhoom 2 [last weekend: No. 19, this weekend: No. 23]: In its third weekend, the film has collected $ 26,846 on 6 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 4,474. New York total: $ 273,963.

    AUSTRALIA BOX-OFFICE

    [4-day weekend: December 7 - 10, 2006]

    • In its opening weekend [No. 18], BAABUL has collected approx. Australia $ 42,484 [approx. Rs. 14.95 lacs] on 7 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 6,069.

    • In its second week [November 30-December 6], Dhoom 2 [No. 17] has collected Australia $ 123,276 on 12 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 10,273. Total: Australia $ 384,025 [approx. Rs. 1.35 crores]

    NEW ZEALAND BOX-OFFICE

    [4-day weekend: December 7 - 10, 2006]

    • Dhoom 2 [last weekend: No. 9, this weekend: No. 14]: In its third weekend, the film has collected approx. New Zealand $ 14,272 on 5 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 2,854. Total: approx. New Zealand $ 146,621 [approx. Rs. 45.29 lacs].

    NETHERLANDS BOX-OFFICE

    [4-day weekend: December 7 - 10, 2006]

    • Dhoom 2 [last weekend: No. 13, this weekend: No. 13]: In its second weekend, the film has collected approx. Euro 18,918 on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to Euro 6,306. Total: approx. Euro 50,153 [approx. Rs. 29.78 lacs].

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