Ghajini grosses Rs 900 million

MUMBAI: Aamir Khan

seems to be scoring over Shah Rukh Khan at the box office, if early indications of their latest films are to be believed. While the Aamir Khan-starrer Ghajini has raked in close to Rs 900 million over the four-day weekend (25 December to 28 December), SRK‘s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi mopped up the same amount after its first week of release.

Ghajini has collected Rs 700 million from the Indian theatres while in overseas market it has pocketed close to Rs 200 million.

Distributed by The Indian Film Company in India, Ghajini was released across 1400 screens with 1200 prints.

Ghajini was released by Reliance Big Pictures, the motion pictures brand of Reliance Big Entertainment, in 22 countries internationally with 250 prints. The key markets included the UAE with 36 prints, the US and Canada with 112 prints, and the UK with 65 prints.

According to the data provided by Big Pictures, the film opened with $1.4 million in North America and with $0.92 million in the Middle East. The other countries across which Ghajini saw a simultaneous release are Ireland, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Big Pictures is planning to release in four additional countries - Myanmar, Uganda, Malaysia and Morocco - in the coming weeks.

Ghajini’s performance demonstrates that the overseas audiences are equally accepting quality action films, which are still a rarity, coming out of India. We are extremely pleased with the films opening, which has created bench marks in various International markets like North America, Australia and the Middle East,” says Big Pictures COO - International Film Business Jawahar Sharma.

A Geetha Arts production, Ghajini is a remake of the critically acclaimed Tamil language film with the same title, also directed by AR Murugadoss. The film stars Aamir Khan, Asin Thottumkal, Jiah Khan, Mohit Ahlawat, Pradeep Rawat and Riyaz Khan. Ravi K Chandran is the cinematographer.

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