Box Office: 'Katti Batti' takes poor opening with Rs 15.5 crore

MUMBAI: It all started with Hollywood film, Love Story (1970) based on a bestseller novel of same name by Erich Segal about a couple madly in love only to realise one of them is terminally ill. The Rajshris followed it up with its Indian version in the musical hit, Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978) while Hrishikesh Mukerjee used the theme again, albeit, with no similarities with the two in Anand (1981), which went on to become an all-time classic. Since then, quite a few attempts have been made to use a terminal illness and, except Kal Ho Na Ho in (2003), none seem to have worked.

Katti Batti takes this theme and brutalises it badly. And, pays for it at both, the media as well as the box office. Besides poor merits, the film cuts corners heavily on supporting star cast. Having taken a poor opening, the film could not better its Friday collections on Saturday or on Sunday. All the film had to show for its opening weekend is Rs 15.5 crore.

Meeruthiya Gangsters fails to find an audience. 

Hero, an attempt to recreate the magic of the 1983 musical hit of the same name, proves disastrous. After a low opening weekend, the film closes its first week with Rs 29.2 crore not being able to sustain during the week days.

Welcome Back did reasonable business in its first week but started losing steam thereafter despite poor new releases to affect its business. The film managed to add about 25 per cent of its first week total collecting Rs 17.5 crore in second week to take its two week total to Rs 90.6 crore.

Phantom emerges a loser at the box office managing to add just about Rs 60 lakh in its third week to take its three week tally to Rs 50.5 crore.

Manjhi: The Mountain Man collects Rs 18 lakh in its fourth week to take its four week total to Rs 12.88 crore.

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