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<i>Water</i> big in US and Aus

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    By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    Released in a good number of screens [34] in U.K., the keenly anticipated 36 China Town has performed below expectations. Ideally, with a 30 + screen count and a solo release in its favor, this biggie should've grossed anywhere between £ 125,000 and £ 150,000 in its first 3 days. A comparative chart of 2006 releases [30 + screen count] below clearly indicates that 36 China Town hasn't had the desired results.

    Meanwhile, Water continues to rock the box-office charts of U.S.A. and Australia. Fox Searchlight, the U.S. distributors of the film, has gradually increased the screens [Weekend 1: 5 screens; Weekend 2: 36 screens] and the film has lived up to the confidence by drawing impressive numbers. In Australia, Water is heading towards Aus. $ 1 million mark, which says it all.

    Weekend: May 5 - 7, 2006. 

    U.K. BOX-OFFICE

    • 36 China Town has debuted at No. 11 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 83,040 [approx. Rs. 69.07 lacs] on 34 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 2,442.

    WIDE RELEASES IN U.K. - 2006

    [30 + Screens In Opening Weekend]

    FILM OPENING WEEKEND [£] SCREENS AVERAGE [£]
    Family - Ties Of Blood 46,778 31 1,509
    Rang De Basanti 221,226 38 5,822
    Mere Jeevan Saathi 112,246 35 3,207
    Humko Deewana Kar Gaye 174,934 38 4,604
    The Mistress Of Spices 85,563 56 1,528
    36 China Town 83,040 34 2,442

    ABBAS-MUSTAN MOVIES IN U.K.


    FILM OPENING WEEKEND [£] SCREENS AVERAGE [£]
    36 China Town 83,040 34 2,442
    Aitraaz 55,837 21 2,659
    Taarzan - The Wonder Car Not available Not available Not available
    Humraaz 47,095 24 1,962
    Ajnabee 62,851 17 3,697
    Chori Chori Chupke Chupke - - Total: 548,398
    Baadshah 97,236 23 4,228


    SUBHASH GHAI MOVIES IN U.K.


    FILM OPENING WEEKEND [£] SCREENS AVERAGE [£]
    36 China Town [producer] 83,040 34 2,442
    Shaadi Se Pehle [producer] 47,389 19 2,494
    Iqbal [producer] 7,373 23 321
    Kisna [director] 100,709 33 3,052
    Aitraaz [producer] 55,837 21 2,659
    Joggers Park [producer] Not available Not available Not available
    Ek Aur Ek Gyarah [producer] 36,470 16 2,279
    Yaadein [director] 133,145 18 7,396
    Rahul [producer] - - Total: 34,681
    Taal [director] 101,590 25 4,064



    • The Mistress of Spices [last weekend: No. 15, this weekend: No. 24]: In its third weekend, the film has collected £ 13,641 on 25 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 546. Total: £ 228,949 [approx. Rs. 1.90 crores].

    • Humko Deewana Kar Gaye [last weekend: No. 17, this weekend: No. 25]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected £ 13,482 on 24 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 562. Total: £ 460,393 [approx. Rs. 3.83 crores].

    • Darna Zaroori Hai [last weekend: No. 19, this weekend: No. 46]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 4,353 on 10 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 435. Total: £ 56,611 [approx. Rs. 47.09 lacs].

    • Pyare Mohan [last weekend: No. 32, this weekend: No. 57]: In its third weekend, the film has collected £ 2,254 on 5 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 451. Total: £ 63,279 [approx. Rs. 52.63 lacs].

    THIS WEEKEND IN U.K.

    [Based on screen averages]


    RANK FILM AVERAGE
    1 36 CHINA TOWN £ 2,442
    2 HUMKO DEEWANA KAR GAYE £ 562
    3 THE MISTRESS OF SPICES £ 546
    4 PYARE MOHAN £ 451
    5 DARNA ZAROORI HAI £ 435

    U.S.A. BOX-OFFICE

    • Water [last weekend: No. 42, this weekend: No. 24]: In its second weekend, the film has collected $ 174,727 on 36 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 4,854. Total: $ 256,790 [approx. Rs. 1.15 crores].

    • Humko Deewana Kar Gaye [last weekend: No. 53, this weekend: No. 80]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected $ 7,345 on 13 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 565. Total: $ 244,226 [approx. Rs. 1.09 crores].

    NEW YORK CITY BOX-OFFICE

    • Water [last weekend: No. 17, this weekend: No. 16]: In its second weekend, the film has collected $ 58,298 on 9 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 6,478. New York total: $ 108,660.

    AUSTRALIA BOX-OFFICE

    [4-day weekend: May 4 - 7, 2006]

    • Water [last weekend: No. 18, this weekend: No. 18]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected Australia $ 81,656 on 16 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 5,104. Total: Australia $ 742,634 [approx. Rs. 2.56 crores].

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