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Kabul Express performs poorly in U.K.

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    By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

    Thursday, December 21, 2006
    This writer was the sole reviewer to point out that Kabul Express would face an uphill task in U.K. and U.S.A. because of its anti-Pak flavor. With Pakistanis forming a major chunk of movie-going audience in these two countries, any film with an anti-Pak stance gets ignored by this section of the audience, which results in the business getting affected. That's precisely what happened to Kabul Express.

    The first weekend collections of Kabul Express in U.K. and U.S.A. have indeed come as a rude shock. What's surprising is that Yash Raj has had two solid hits in 2006 -- Fanaa and Dhoom 2 -- and one expected at least a face-saving start for Kabul Express.

    If you go by numbers and screen average, Kabul Express is Yash Raj's lowest opener in U.K. The weekend collections are even lower than Neal 'N' Nikki, one of the weakest films produced by the premier banner. 

    In the U.S. too, Kabul Express is better than Neal'N' Nikki, but way below the other Yash Raj releases. Sad!

    Have a look at Yash Raj's U.K. and U.S.A. charts below for a comparative study.

    Whatever its fate in India, Baabul continues to be the current favorite in U.K. The second weekend is fantastic and at the rate it's faring, it should easily find a place in the Top 10 list of 2006 [in U.K.].

    Weekend: December 15 - 17, 2006.

    U.K. BOX-OFFICE

    • Baabul [last weekend: No. 8, this weekend: No. 11]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 167,214 on 44 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 3,800. Total: £ 599,174 [approx. Rs. 5.23 crores].

    • Kabul Express has debuted at No. 14 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 49,203 [approx. Rs. 42.96 lacs] on 24 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 2,050.

    YASH RAJ FILMS IN U.K.


    FILM OPENING WEEKEND [£] SCREENS AVERAGE [£]
    Kabul Express 49,203 24 2,050
    Dhoom 2 415,701 51 8,151
    Fanaa 300,563 37 8,123
    Neal 'N' Nikki 60,075 25 2,403
    Salaam | Namaste 208,365 34 6,128
    Bunty Aur Babli 149,640 30 4,988
    Veer-Zaara 484,993 60 8,083
    Dhoom 61,838 25 2,474
    Hum Tum 131,741 23 5,728
    Saathiya 41,951 20 2,098
    Mujhse Dosti Karoge 204,490 32 6,390
    Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai 70,492 21 3,357
    Mohabbatein 246,368 26 9,476


    • Dhoom 2 [last weekend: No. 14, this weekend: No. 18]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected £ 34,782 on 25 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 1,391. Total: £ 1,108,309 [approx. Rs. 9.67 crores].

    • Vivah [last weekend: No. 42, this weekend: No. 57]: In its sixth weekend, the film has collected £ 1,164 on 2 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 582. Total: £ 261,369 [approx. Rs. 2.28 crores].

    • Chennai Kadhal [Tamil; last weekend: No. --, this weekend: No. 58]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 1,095 on 2 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 548. Total: £ 5,737 [approx. Rs. 5.01 lacs].

    • Umrao Jaan [last weekend: No. 51, this weekend: No. 76]: In its seventh weekend, the film has collected £ 269 on 2 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 135. Total: £ 415,004 [approx. Rs. 3.62 crores].

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


    RANK FILM AVERAGE
    1 BAABUL £ 3,800
    2 KABUL EXPRESS £ 2,050
    3 DHOOM 2 £ 1,39
    4 VIVAH £ 582
    5 CHENNAI KADHAL [Tamil] £ 548
    6 UMRAO JAAN £ 135



    • Kabul Express has debuted at No. 28 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 142,591 [approx. Rs. 63.96 lacs] on 50 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 2,852.

    YASH RAJ FILMS IN U.S.A.


    FILM OPENING WEEKEND [£] SCREENS AVERAGE [£]
    Kabul Express 142,591 50 2,852
    Dhoom 2 [4-day Thanksgiving weekend] 1,298,477 63 20,611
    Fanaa [4-day Memorial Day weekend] 878,938 72 12,207
    Neal 'N' Nikki 75,005 44 1,705
    Salaam | Namaste 504,898 63 8,014
    Bunty Aur Babli [4-day Memorial Day weekend] 435,767 51 8,544
    Veer-Zaara 903,010 88 10,261
    Dhoom 102,860 32 3,214
    Hum Tum [4-day Memorial Day weekend] 348,149 43 8,096
    Saathiya 71,400 29 2,462

    • Dhoom 2 [last weekend: No. 28, this weekend: No. 30]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected $ 109,763 on 40 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 2,744. Total: $ 2,490,892 [approx. Rs. 11.17 crores].

    NEW YORK CITY BOX-OFFICE

    • Dhoom 2 [last weekend: No. 23, this weekend: No. 29]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected $ 10,587 on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 3,529. New York total: $ 289,507.

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