TMK struggles to cross 'Kaminey', GOW betters 'Dev D', FKS may surpass 'Players'
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 25 June 2012
From the box office perspective, there were two milestones that Shahid Kapoor had to cross with the release of Teri Meri Kahaani. First, he had to beat the opening of Mausam, which at 21 crores over the weekend is the best that his film has ever fetched. Second, he had to ensure at least 50 crores final run for his love story.
Unfortunately for Shahid, while the first milestone hasn't been accomplished, what with the film managing a weekend of only around 16 crores, the word of mouth (which has barely hovered around the average mark) hasn't helped the cause either. As of now, he and Priyanka Chopra would be expecting that at least the collections of their Kaminey (which released three years back and collected around 45 crores) are surpassed. The way film is progressing though, it looks difficult since, as stated last week, The Amazing Spider-Man is expected to be the first choice of most cine-goers in week to come.
It was cleaer that audience were just not curious enough to find out what the film was all about. Instead of being a 'let-us-go-check-this-film-out-affair', this Kunal Kohli directed romantic musical settled down to a point where only very positive word of mouth could have helped it gain momentum, something that didn't quite happen.
On the other hand even Gangs of Wasseypur failed to find any opening whatsoever. Despite a huge release, the first day couldn't even cross the 3 crore mark. What goes in its favour is that the reviews are largely positive while the performances have been unanimously acclaimed. Moreover, this is the kind of film that grows with word of mouth and since the footfalls did increase over the weekend, there are chances for the film to hang on and earn some moolah. With first weekend collections around 10 crores mark, this is the highest opening that an Anurag Kashyap directed film has taken, hence leaving behind Dev D.
Currently it is a wait and watch situation for Gangs of Wasseypur because though it would be impacted by the Spider-Man wave, it may just manage to sneak in some shows and show some progress in the weeks to come as well. The film cross 20 crore mark though, hence leaving behind Paan Singh Tomar which belonged to similar genre.
In comparison last week's release Ferrari Ki Sawaari has managed to do reasonably well at the box office. With close to 20 crore coming in its first week, the film has turned out to be a coverage affair. Yes, it has been appreciated by the junta but that hasn't quite resulted in word of mouth resulting in enhanced footfalls. The second weekend has been decent, though not extraordinary. The film should cross 25 crores now and be happy with the fact that it has done far better than much bigger budgeted films like Tezz, Players and Dangerous Ishhq, three of the most notable loss making ventures of the year.