Box Office: A disastrous week for film exhibitors

MUMBAI: It has been another disastrous week at the cinema halls and the wait is now on for Diwali week releases. All the releases failed to find audiences and faced the no-audience-no-show situation. The films released a week earlier were faced with the similar fate as well.

*31st October, a film about the 1984 Sikh genocide of Delhi; My Father Iqbal, a film about an honest and patriotic Kashmiri who chooses to die rather than betray the country and Ek Tera Saath, a film about palace intrigues with a dash of the supernatural, registered between Rs. 1 to Rs 10 lakh opening day figures. These films will only add to their production cost even post release as they won’t cover the distribution costs such as digital and promotion.

* Beiimaan Love: Trying to cash in on Sunny Leone falls flat as her popularity, sans acting talent, seems to have worn thin. After a poor opening weekend, the film collects Rs. 1.9 crore for its first week.

*Saat Uchakkey: Despite many talented artistes on the roster, suffers due to a poor screenplay and poorer direction. The actors end up mouthing cuss words and jumping around the screen with little to deliver. The film collects Rs. 1.6 crore in its first week.

*Anna: A biopic on the anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare manages to collect about Rs. 15 lakh in its first week.

*Fuddu: It collects about Rs. 20 lakh in its first week.

*Motu Patlu: King of Kings (Animation 3-D): It stands out among a horde of poor films as kids take to it at select multiplexes only. The film collects Rs. 2.9 crore in its first week.

*Mirzya: It continues its poor run at the box office adding just Rs. 40 lakh in its second week taking its two-week collections to Rs. 8.8 crore.

*Tutak Tutak Tutiya collects Rs. 15 lakh in its second week taking its two-week total to Rs. 2.9 crore.

*M S Dhoni: The Untold Story continues its good run in the third week as other weak new releases give it a free run at the box office. The film collects Rs. 8.4 crore to take its three-week total to Rs. 115.8 crore.

*Pink collects Rs. 40 lakh in its fifth week, taking its five-week total to Rs. 67.4 crore.

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