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      Patiala House witnesses poor opening

      By Raymond Ronamai

      The opening figures [morning + noon shows] of Patiala House across the country were shockingly low, in 10% to 15% to 20% range. This, despite Patiala House being a solo release with no major film to compete with. Even the holdover titles had more or less exhausted their run [with the sole exception of Yeh Saali Zindagi, which fared well at urban centres].

      Akshay Kumar's last release Tees Maar Khan had opened to a fantabulous response, also because it was Farah Khan's next release after Om Shanti Om, boasted of the hugely popular 'Sheila Ki Jawani' track and of course, the Christmas period contributed enormously. Patiala House was expected to start slow and this was evident when the advance booking counters opened and the film barely managed to sell few tickets in advance at prime properties.

      However, the film should pick up in evening/night shows on Friday and also perform well on Saturday and Sunday, if it has to stay afloat.

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