The economics of film production is changing at a rapid pace. Star fees have escalated, so has the cost of production [C.O.P.]. In such a scenario, the
recovery of his investment is what the producer looks at, at the end of the day. Thatâ€™s precisely what UTV was eyeing when they issued a statement
prior to the release of DHAN DHANA DHAN GOAL. In-film advertising and sale of Satellite, Home Video and theatrical rights [in this case, Punjab and
Rajasthan territories only] helped UTV cover the C.O.P. of this sports-based flick -- Rs. 16 cr.
But this isnâ€™t a new trend. UTV has been transparent enough to let the world know of their recovery statement. Talking of GOAL, taking the 16 cr. cost
and adding another 3 / 4 cr. for prints + promotion expenses, the break-even amount is somewhere between 19 â€“ 20 cr. Fortunately, GOAL performed
well at multiplexes in its opening weekend, to ensure this recovery.
The film had a fairly strong start at most multiplexes on Friday, shot upwards on Saturday [shows were increased at some cineplexes], reached the
zenith on Sunday. According to UTV, the 3-day figures are approx. 7.29 cr. [domestic market]. Letâ€™s get more specificâ€¦
|Multiplex collection for weekend was around 80% average.|
Single screen in metros and mini metros was in the range of 60% + for weekend.
Overall average occupancy for weekend was in the range of 73%, where multiplex contributed almost 85% of box-office.
On weekdays, Monday saw a drop in collections; as compared to Sunday, was in the range of 45% to 50% and compared to Friday, the drop was in the
In simple terms, UTVâ€™s strategy of releasing the film at multiplexes has paid off at most metros and mini-metros. The few single screens and also
smaller centres arenâ€™t too encouraging, but the amount from multiplexes more than compensates for the not-too-strong performance.
UTV is hopeful that the first week figure should touch 11 â€“ 12 cr., which means that the distributors should have 50% of the amount in their pockets
as distributorâ€™s share, thus making GOAL a safe bet. And that in todayâ€™s times is no small achievement!