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Overseas: One big disappointment!

By Bollywood Hungama

One of the biggest releases of the year, CHAK DE INDIA, has ended as one of the biggest disappointments of the year. The film

has garnered praise from those who’ve watched the film, but the collections are missing. Now let’s monitor the business

closely in the three major territories –

U.K.: CHAK DE INDIA has sent shock waves here. When compared to other Yash Raj films, the

screen average is lower than JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM, TA RA RUM PUM, DHOOM 2, FANAA, SALAAM | NAMASTE, BUNTY AUR BABLI,

VEER-ZAARA, HUM TUM, MUJHSE DOSTI KAROGE, MERE YAAR KI SHAADI HAI and MOHABBATEIN.

The screen average is higher than NEAL ‘N’ NIKKI, KABUL EXPRESS and DHOOM, the three Yash Raj films that didn’t make any mark

in this territory.
Ideally, the film that brings together the two giants [YRF, SRK] should’ve fetched a 300,000 + start, since JHOOM BARABAR

JHOOM and TA RA RUM PUM, on almost the same number of prints, fetched £ 264,347 and £ 231,835, respectively in the opening

weekend. SRK being the biggest crowd puller in Overseas should’ve fetched a much better start than Abhishek-Bobby and Saif,

respectively.

U.S.A.: Talking of screen averages, CHAK DE INDIA is below DHOOM 2, FANAA, SALAAM |

NAMASTE, BUNTY AUR BABLI, VEER-ZAARA and HUM TUM. The screen average is slightly higher than JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM and TA RA

RUM PUM [both opened at 20 screens more than CHAK DE INDIA]. It’s also higher than KABUL EXPRESS, NEAL ‘N’ NIKKI and DHOOM --

the three YRF films that didn’t make much of an impression in this territory. For CHAK DE INDIA screen average to be better

than KABUL EXPRESS, NEAL ‘N’ NIKKI and DHOOM is not a compliment, what say?

AUSTRALIA: CHAK DE INDIA is decent here, but the numbers aren’t excellent. Ideally, the

film should’ve fetched an Aus. $ 15,000 screen average, since DHOOM 2 [average: 14,704], FANAA [13,890], SALAAM | NAMASTE

[14,531] and VEER-ZAARA [10,479] have set that benchmark. But the average is Aus. $ 8,646, which is almost half of the

expected figure.

Weekend: August 10 – 12, 2007.

U.K. BOX-OFFICE

  • CHAK DE INDIA has debuted at No. 11 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 126,812 [approx. Rs. 1.03

    crores] on 49 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 2,588.



  • The breakdown:- Friday: £ 33,134; Saturday: £ 50,108; Sunday: £ 43,570.

  • PARTNER [last weekend: No. 11, this weekend: No. 17]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected £ 19,182 on 30

    screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 639. Total: £ 783,932 [approx. Rs. 6.37 crores].



  • The breakdown:- Friday: £ 3,742; Saturday: £ 6,456; Sunday: £ 8,984.

  • CASH [last weekend: No. 10, this weekend: No. 21]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 13,928 on 26 screens,

    with the per screen average working out to £ 536. Total: £ 103,038 [approx. Rs. 83.76 lacs].



  • The breakdown:- Friday: £ 3,790; Saturday: £ 5,437; Sunday: £ 4,701.

  • GANDHI MY FATHER [last weekend: No. 12, this weekend: No. 22]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 13,689 on

    17 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 805. Total: £ 94,460 [approx. Rs. 76.78 lacs].



  • The breakdown:- Friday: £ 2,493; Saturday: £ 5,670; Sunday: £ 5,526.

  • KAAFILA has debuted at No. 25 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 7,827 [approx. Rs. 6.35 lacs] on

    10 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 783.



  • WATER [last weekend: No. 66, this weekend: No. 47]: In its eleventh weekend, the film has collected £ 1,538 on 2 screens,

    with the per screen average working out to £ 769. Total: £ 178,678 [approx. Rs. 1.45 crores].



  • The breakdown:- Friday: £ 521; Saturday: £ 250; Sunday: £ 767.

  • APNE [last weekend: No. 47, this weekend: No. 60]: In its seventh weekend, the film has collected £ 828 on 1 screen.

    Total: £ 564,866 [approx. Rs. 4.59 crores].



  • The breakdown:- Friday: £ 180; Saturday: £ 456; Sunday: £ 192.

  • SHANKAR DADA ZINDABAD [last weekend: No. 22, this weekend: No. 66]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 465

    on 2 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 233. Total: £ 11,160 [approx. Rs. 9.07 lacs].

    The breakdown:- Friday: £ 159; Saturday: £ 189; Sunday: £ 117.


THIS WEEKEND IN U.K.

[Based on screen averages]







































RANKFILMAVERAGE
1CHAK DE INDIA£ 2,588
2APNE£ 828
3GANDHI MY FATHER£ 805
4KAAFILA£ 783
5WATER£ 769
6PARTNER£ 639
7CASH£ 536
8SHANKAR DADA ZINDABAD£ 465



U.S.A. BOX-OFFICE

  • CHAK DE INDIA has debuted at No. 20 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 351,887 [approx. Rs. 1.43

    crores] on 62 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 5,676.


AUSTRALIA BOX-OFFICE


4-day weekend: August 9 – 12, 2007.

  • In its opening weekend [No. 12], CHAK DE INDIA has collected Australia $ 112,402 [approx. Rs. 38.25 lacs] on 13 screens,

    with the per screen average working out to $ 8,646.

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