Comparisons are inevitable!
A few years ago, when HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN was due for release, people were busy speculating whether the film would surpass the business of Sooraj R. Barjatya's debut vehicle MAINE PYAR KIYA.
Again, when MOHABBATEIN was all set to hit the theatres, almost everyone was discussing the business prospects of Aditya Chopra's second venture, comparing it with his first film DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE. Will it surpass the business of D.D.L.J., was the topic of discussion in every filmland bash I visited then.
And now we have people dissecting K3G.
Those in the business are drawing parallels with Karan Johar's first film, KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI. Never has any film been so minutely discussed as K3G. After all, K3G stars the three super-stars for the first time.
Before we go ahead with the midweek box-office report of the film, let me tell you that the box-office collections and the first week billing would be the highest ever for a Hindi film. Does that mean that, business-wise, K3G is a hit? Yes, it is.
Let's have a look at the business of the film in each circuit.
MUMBAI CITY – SUBURBS, MAHARASHTRA & GUJARAT:
The film is faring exceptionally well here. The demand for the tickets of the film is unprecedented. The first week collections are 100% and by the looks of it, the film should be in the range of 95% to 100% in the second week as well. The film is faring very well in Ahmedabad (terrific), Baroda (excellent) and Pune (100%) as well.
DELHI CITY – SUBURBS & UTTAR PRADESH:
The film was released at 22 cinema halls in Delhi city, which is a record of sorts. For, never before has any film opened at so many cinema halls in the city (the best of films open at 12-14 theatres at the most!). Plus, the ticket rates at several cinema halls have been hiked owing to the demand for the film. The collections of the film in Delhi city were in the range of 95% till Tuesday, which is extra-ordinary, although the night shows are getting affected due to the cold wave in the North.
In Uttar Pradesh, the film is maintaining very well at several centres, but the response is mixed at a few places.
KOLKATA CITY – SUBURBS:
K3G has opened at 30 cinema halls in the city, which includes cinema halls in Gangtok and Siliguri (the biggest of films open at 18-20 halls here!). Like Delhi city, the collections are excellent in the city, though the night shows have been affected due to the cold wave.
C.P. BERAR (parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh):
K3G created a record by collecting 3,04,248 (100%) in 5 cinemas of Nagpur on Day 1, setting new records at all the five theatres. The collections continue to be extra-ordinary here. In Amravati, the film collected 1,24,608 at 2 theatres, which is also a record. Ditto at Akola (Rs. 1,07,550 at 2 halls), Raipur (100% at 2 halls) and Jabalpur (100%). The film is poised for a long run here, although the collections might dip slightly due to excessive prints in circulation.
C.I. (parts of Madhya Pradesh):
The film is faring very well at all the 5 cinema halls of Indore, though the reports are mixed. There is talk that the length will be trimmed and hence, four shows will be held in the coming days. The collections in Bhopal are steady as well.
The film opened at 5 cinema halls in Jaipur and it collected 3,69,028 (100%) on its opening day, setting a new record for Hindi films. In Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Sri Ganganagar and Kota too, the opening was superb.
K3G opened at 20 cinema halls in the city to an exceptional response. The collections were 100% till Tuesday.
And now let's have a look at the business of the film in the U.S and U.K.
In the U.S.
K3G has created history by grossing more than 1 million dollars in 3 days. The film was released with a record 73 prints in North America. According to Yashraj Films, K3G is all set to topple KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, which till date has been the highest grossing film in Overseas with a U.S. gross of 2.1 million dollars.
K3G occupied the third position in the U.K. Top 15 list. The film collected 473,355 Pounds in its first three days from 41 screens; the screen average being 11,545 Pounds, which is better than HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, whose screen average was 4,453 Pounds.