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Punjabi films dominate U.K. Box-office!

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    By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    This is a rarity! The first three films [as per screen average] in U.K. charts are Punjabi films. Dil Apna Punjabi has already emerged a smash hit, Waris Shah - Ishq Daa Waaris remains on the lower side and Mannat, the new entry, has gone completely unnoticed. Yet, the average is better than the Hindi films being screened in this territory. On the Hindi film front, Zindaggi Rocks has been rejected.

    In Australia too, Mannat [Punjabi] has raked in dismal figures in its opening weekend.

    Weekend: October 6 - 8, 2006.

    U.K. BOX-OFFICE

    • Lage Raho Munnabhai [last weekend: No. 23, this weekend: No. 25]: In its sixth weekend, the film has collected £ 10,942 on 15 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 729. Total: £ 809,712 [approx. Rs. 6.91 crores].

    • Waris Shah - Ishq Daa Waaris [Punjabi; last weekend: No. 26, this weekend: No. 26]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 10,407 on 10 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 1,041. Total: £ 34,385 [approx. Rs. 29.33 lacs].

    • Dil Apna Punjabi [Punjabi; last weekend: No. 34, this weekend: No. 27]: In its sixth weekend, the film has collected £ 8,513 on 7 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 1,216. Total: £ 245,073 [approx. Rs. 2.09 crores].

    • Zindaggi Rocks has debuted at No. 30 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 7,780 [approx. Rs. 6.64 lacs] on 10 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 778.

    • Mannat [Punjabi] has debuted at No. 32 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 7,160 [approx. Rs. 6.11 lacs] on 9 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 796.

    • Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna [last weekend: No. 48, this weekend: No. 58]: In its ninth weekend, the film has collected £ 744 on 2 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 372. Total: £ 2,060,641 [approx. Rs. 17.58 crores].

    • Krishna [Animation; last weekend: No. 51, this weekend: No. 69]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 46 on 1 screen. Total: £ 2,910 [approx. Rs. 2.48 lacs].

    THIS WEEKEND IN U.K.

    [Based on screen averages]


    RANK FILM AVERAGE
    1 DIL APNA PUNJABI [Punjabi] £ 1,216
    2 WARIS SHAH - ISHQ DAA WAARIS [Punjabi] £ 1,041
    3 MANNAT [Punjabi] £ 796
    4 ZINDAGGI ROCKS £ 778
    5 LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI £ 729
    6 KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA £ 372
    7 KRISHNA [Animation] £ 46


    U.S.A. BOX-OFFICE

    • Khosla Ka Ghosla [last weekend: No. 86, this weekend: No. 86]: In its third weekend, the film has collected $ 3,258 on 6 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 543. Total: $ 26,472 [approx. Rs. 12.10 lacs].

    NEW YORK CITY BOX-OFFICE

    • Lage Raho Munnabhai [last weekend: No. 27, this weekend: No. 31]: In its sixth weekend, the film has collected $ 7,568 on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 2,523. New York total: $ 313,478.

    • Water [last weekend: No. 40, this weekend: No. 40]: In its twenty fourth weekend, the film has collected $ 3,899 on 1 screen. New York total: $ 778,172.

    • Khosla Ka Ghosla [last weekend: No. 61, this weekend: No. 61]: In its third weekend, the film has collected $ 916 on 1 screen. New York total: $ 5,005.

    • Zindaggi Rocks has debuted at No. 64 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 513 on 1 screen. New York total: $ 513.

    AUSTRALIA BOX-OFFICE

    [4-day weekend: October 5 - 8, 2006]

    • In its opening weekend, Mannat [Punjabi] has collected Australia $ 3,193 [approx. Rs. 1.09 lacs] on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 1,064.

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