Advance booking for Yash Raj Films’ magnum opusDhoom 3 opened to a phenomenal response at multiplexes and single-screens across India, with the first weekend shows already 60 per cent fully booked three days prior to the film’s release. In most circuits, advance booking opened on Sunday and since then, tickets have been selling like hot cakes. Distributors feel by Thursday, the first week will be all sold out.
The film marks the third instalment in the Dhoomfranchise and features Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Katrina Kaif. The film is expected to earn massive returns at the box office and break the record for a non-holiday release.
Following is a report on advance booking from distributors in various circuits.
Rajesh Thadani, Multimedia Combines, Mumbai
Everyone is eagerly awaiting the release of Dhoom 3. Since Aamir Khan and Yash Raj Films have teamed up, expectations are higher than usual. Frankly, I have never witnessed such a frenzy for advance booking. All-India, advance booking is 75 per cent including multiplexes and a few single screens, and in Mumbai, it is 70-per cent. It is safe to say that this film will create enormous box office records. The weekend shows are 70 per cent booked. It will definitely break records that were created this year.
The film has been assigned over 4,000 screens all-India and over 1,500 in Mumbai. In Mumbai, ticket rates vary from Rs 500 to Rs 900 at multiplexes.
Jaspal Dhingra, Nanaskar Enterprises, East Punjab
The advance booking for Dhoom 3 is extraordinary. Usually, in Punjab, advance booking doesn’t draw too much of a response as there is a cinema hall in practically every locality. The opening of Dhoom 3 will be huge. Until now, we have witnessed 40 per cent advance booking for Friday. I am assuming that the weekend will be house full.
Debashish Dey, Aum Moviez, West Bengal
Today, we witnessed 35-per cent advance booking and, by tomorrow, it should be 100 per cent for the weekend. In fact, a few single-screens are yet to open advance booking. The advantage Dhoom 3enjoys is that there has been no big release after Krrish 3 and audiences are waiting for this film to release. It will definitely break records and create new ones. Ticket rates in West Bengal start at Rs 500 in multiplexes.
Vasudev Chachan, Sunny Films, Rajasthan
Dhoom 3 has already broken the record for advance booking. It’s only Tuesday and 70 per cent tickets have already sold for the weekend. By Thursday, the first week should be sold out. In Rajasthan, tickets are priced between Rs 400 and Rs 500 in multiplexes.
Ravi Machhar, Sahyog Films, Nizam
The film has seen 80 to 90 per cent advance booking and the number is rising as we speak. Dhoom 3 is expected to be one of the biggest grossers of all time. I have never seen advance booking like this before. In fact, we don’t usually have advance booking in Aurangabad but we have sold 60 per cent tickets already! For Friday, all five shows in every multiplex are already booked. In a small town like Selu, where the population is only in the thousands, 300 tickets have already sold!
Jeetu Khandelwal, Pioneer Movies, Orissa
Dhoom 3 is seeing an extraordinary response in Orissa, where we have only one multiplex. Still, advance booking for the film is 70 per cent for the weekend. Dhoom 3 has been allotted 110 screens in the Orissa circuit.
B H Basha, Bahar Enterprises, Mysore
The film has experienced 70 per cent advance booking so far. Booking opened on Sunday and, in just three days, 70 per cent of tickets have been sold. Just wait till Thursday! The first week will see extraordinary collections. With such a positive response, Dhoom 3 will enjoy a smooth run at the box office.
“Phata Poster Nikla Hero” is an action comedy directed by Santoshi featuring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’cruz in lead roles. The total production cost of the film is 40 crore.
The film, which received mixed reviews from critics, has managed to make a decent business of around ₹7.25 crore on the first day of its release, as per early estimates.
And the Shahid starrer was received well by the audience as compared to his last two films “Teri Meri Kahaani” and “Mausam”. Director Santoshi feels that “PPNH” will bring huge success for the actor.
“His previous films may not have worked, but he is a wonderful actor. He is very hard working. He has done a good job in the film. I think this will be Shahid’s huge break. He will be successful with the film,” Santoshi told IANS.
Meanwhile, even in the international market “PPNH” opened in theatres and gained a positive response. In UAE-GCC circuit, the film has become Shahid’s biggest start compared to his last two films. The Thursday’s preview of the film raked in ₹72.58 lakh (AED 425,000) from UAE.
The second film “The Lunchbox” starring National Award Winning actor Irrfan Khan opened well in certain circuits. Although, released in limited number of screens of 400, the epistolary romantic flick still managed to take their first day business to more than 1 crore.
The film, starring newcomer Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, raked in ₹1.25 crore on Friday.
“#TheLunchbox Fri ₹1.25 cr. Good number for a very controlled release with less than 400 screens/limited shows,” tweeted Adarsh.
The collection of the film is expected to grow further during the weekend due to positive word of mouth.
OUATIMD HAD FANTASTIC OPENING
AT THE BOXOFFICE
FIlm released on 1200 Screens only , but will get 2400 screens from tmorrow.
It has seen 100% opening across all cinemas Nationwide.
A centre like Gurgaon which is
slow starter on the first day first
show has seen 100% or near
100% collections in the first two
shows and this despite Once
Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara
being more of a Mumbai circuit
film rather than Delhi or Punjab
OPENING IS 95-100% inspite of
Competition frm CE & Less screens.
CE 1st day collection
Earth-shattered Opening All Over ..
Earning 33 Crore Nett on its
1st day . This is Neck to neck with ETT ‘s 32.5 Cr
CP Berer first day – 1.4 crore (1.38
crore) ETT figures in Bracket…
Nizam First Day – 1.75 crore (1.55
CHENNAI EXPRESS HAVE TAKEN A
96% Opening at Plex.
BIGGEST EVER !
ETT OPENED 95% on First Show On
GOOD NEWS IS THAT PPL ARE
LOVING THE FILM.
2013 : A YEAR OF SURPRISES !
TOP SURPRISE HITS OF 2013
2. Jolly LLB
SURPRISE SUPERHIT OF THE YEAR ~
SURPRISE BLOCKBUSTER OF 2013 ~
Surprising DISASTER ~ Himmatwala
Other Moderate Hit Films includes
1. Special 26.
2. Race 2.
3. Kai Po Che.
4. Shoot Out at Wadala.
Average Films of the Year ~
ETD , Nautanki Saala, Cammando ,
Go Goa Gone, murder3.
Surprise Opening ~ Yeh Jawaani Hai
Films yeT TO COME ::
OUATIMA , CE , K3 , D3 , BoSS ,
Besharam , Ghanchakkar ,
Satyagraha and m sure many more
small budget films are yet to
surprise us !
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has the
second highest Monday
collection ever only second to Ek
Tha Tiger which had a Monday
on Eid. The top five collections
on a Monday ever are as follows.
1. Ek Tha Tiger – 19 crore (Eid
2. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani –
3. Dabangg 2 – 11.50 crore
4. Dabangg – 10.75 crore
5. Three Idiots – 10.50 crore