Wake Up Sid, Do Knot Disturb open well

MUMBAI: Last week‘s releases Wake Up Sid and Do Knot Disturb have taken a good opening at the box office.
Dharma Production‘s Wake Up Sid has collected over Rs 215 million at the worldwide box office in the first weekend of its theatrical release.

The movie, which was released on 2 October and distributed worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures, has managed to cross Rs 170 million in India alone with a 420-screen release.

In the overseas market, Wake Up Sid collected more than Rs 40 million on less than 200 screens, UTV claimed.

In UK, the movie grossed $165,934, while in the US it mopped up $355,532. In the Gulf, it grossed a per print average of $9,575.

UTV Motion Pictures CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur said, "For a primarily urban centric, coming of age romantic drama, its box office performance reflects that themes and subjects which were considered ‘niche‘ in the past have now completely broken into mainstream cinema - not just in India, but also in traditional markets, like the UK. The word of mouth the film has generated will ensure a long and successful run."

Wake Up Sid is the story of a quintessential Mumbai rich kid who is wealthy, lazy, and completely lacking in focus. His meeting with a girl from Kolkata results in a ‘coming of age‘ for Sid.

Meanwhile, the David Dhawan film Do Knot Disturb opened slightly lower at around 60 to 70 per cent occupancy.

Said PVR Cinemas CEO Amitabh Vardhan, "Both the films have done good business. Wake Up Sid could garner a business of 80 per cent while Do Knot Disturb made an average business collecting around 70 per cent."

Meanwhile, the fortunes of What‘s Your Rashee seems to be on the decline. The running time of approximately 3.20 hours has come as a demoralizer both within and outside the industry, despite distributors trimming the film by deleting three songs.

Of the old releases Wanted has been proclaimed a hit.

Meanwhile, the advance booking of Blue, which is to release on 16 October, started two weeks earlier on 4 October. "A ploy, just because two other films - Ajay Devgan‘s All The Best and Salman Khan‘s Main Aurr Mrs Khanna - will be releasing on the same day. This could work in favour of the Shree Ashtavinayak film," says Vardhan.

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