Entertainment, the rest of the box office

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  1. Entertainment Opens Well At Places – Overall Decent
    Friday 08 August 2014 12.00 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Entertainment started well at places with an opening of over 50% while the on average the start was around 40%. The opening of the film was better than Akshay Kumar’s last release Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty as far as opening morning shows go but that film picked up strongly from the afternoon onwards.

    The film opened well in East Punjab, Rajasthan, CI and at parts of the Delhi/UP circuit. The opening in Mumbai was so so as Gujarat was average but other areas were on lower side.

    In East Punjab the film had a major punjabi release Munde UK De 2 for competition but it easily got better opening numbers than that film. The collections for Entertainment were better in all the key cities of Punjab be it Jalandhar, Ludhiana or Patiala.

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    • This is excellent news. Expecting 15 cr on day 1
      – 60 cr weekend,
      – 80 cr week 1
      – 140 cr clean superhit.

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      • lol Gorilla !!

        Fans should be happy if the movie did more than 60-70 cr overall as next week Singham is coming with all its bag and baggage.
        The only thing Entertainment has done is blocked Kick’s further advancement.

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      • I dont think even Akshay kumar will be so positive about his own movie.

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  2. Kick Goes Over The 200 Crore Nett Mark In Two Weeks
    Friday 08 August 2014 11.00 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Kick took its business to 204 crore nett in two weeks as it grossed around 48 crore nett in week two. The film did see a drop in business in the weekdays after a huge run for ten days but that is expected.

    The film is on the verge of crossing the business of Chennai Express and will do on Saturday or the lasted on Sunday and become the second highest grossing film ever. Chennai Express had grossed 208 crore nett approx.

    Territory wise the film will set new highs in Bihar and Orissa while Rajasthan will not be a record in terms of nett business due to entertainment tax being reinstated in state from August but in gross terms it will be will be the biggest grosser ever in the desert state. The business in West Bengal and Mysore is also fantastic which are the usual Salman Khan under performers.

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    • taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 4h
      #Kick [Week 2] Fri 9.22 cr, Sat 10.62 cr, Sun 14.18 cr, Mon 5.08 cr, Tue 4.21 cr, Wed 3.91 cr, Thu 3.80 cr. Total: ₹ 215.11 cr nett.

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      • Will do much better than CE without like crutches of a successful heroine!

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        • and without no competition from 6th day of release like CE had with OUATIMD

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          • yes it’s a pity there was that competition otherwise CE might have been Sholay. But at least you’ve also highlighted all the SRK films that released without competition and all the films of other stars that released with competition.

            To add to this the weather was better when Kick released.

            The Jay point must also be repeated here. Just as major stars get the advantage of major release dates (if you don’t have that kind of project and/or aren’t a star of that magnitude you don’t get these dates or if you get them there’s often competition from a much bigger film..) it follows that when they have competition right off the bat obviously the others obviously think there’s nonetheless a reasonable chance to do well against such a film. When the same doesn’t happen with other stars one can similarly draw the opposite conclusion. And judging by the same if people aren’t releasing films even after a week or two it means they ‘respect’ that bigger film that much more. What other conclusion can one draw from all this?

            Put it all together and what do you get? A classic case of dishonesty for one. Because you can’t use explanations that you’ve never used in the past or even rejected and certainly still don’t for others only for your favorite star’s film. Secondly you can’t only use reasons that credit that same star without also accounting for those that don’t. So why is there competition in the first place?

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          • Jay is referencing “Generalities ” .
            Z is stating “Specifics”.
            Rajen is just being Rajen

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          • Rajen was specific with his comment to CE so my response was specific to CE/kick.

            Of course, leave it to satyam to twist and turn everything

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          • the truth can often be used to deceive as much as the pure lie. This is an old political trick. Put differently you can cast the truth in an overall dishonest framework and make it serve the lie. So you might say you’re just focusing on CE/Kick but I know where you’re coming from on all this!

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          • of course you do, you know everything about every body, heck you even know what the director inteded in his film when the director themselves don’t make such claims (good or bad).

            please continue to read into things which are not there, continue with your anme calling for those who are not your “yesman”, etc… you probably have more time than you realize to do that.

            For me, I have a life.

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          • “For me, I have a life.”

            Glad to learn SRK is reciprocating..

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          • Agree with Z. If CE had got an open second week, it wud have been 10 cr more. I think most here knows but might not agree for personal and professional reasons. 😀

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  3. Entertainment seems to be heading for biggest hit in comedy genre. It may beat Rowdy’s collection. Kudos to the everygreen All season star – Akshay Kumar for pulling off another hit (ET may be superhit now). A lot has to do with better sleection of movies. Now chances for his film becoming bad (Boss was the only exception, though i liked it on laptop) is less. It has to do with association with Yashwin Yadi, IMO. Anyway good for overall biz. Aug is set to be the highest grossing month ever. 🙂

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  4. Puns, wordplay and film-based in-jokes in films are among the lowest form of humour, I believe. So I am not going anywhere near the film. But within the limits of the genres, these are quite funny.

    A DVD store is called ‘Mere paas CineMAA Hai’ and the owner is Jugnu (Krushna Abhishek), the geekiest of film geeks. Upon seeing a happy Akshay Kumar, Jugnu asks “Kahan chale Sonakshi Sinha taan ke?” Later, when Kumar escapes death, he says “Prabhu Deva ki Mahima Chaudhary thi jo tu bach gaya.” To cheer his morose friend up, he says, “Itna Pankaj Udhas mat baith.”

    http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/entertainment-review-it-is-akshay-kumars-funniest-film-since-hera-pheri-1655673.html

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    • What a sadist post – first post.
      Entertainment is very good as per early WOM Trending. Krishna to bag all comedy awards. Paisa Wasool mast comedy picture.

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  5. Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan launch real estate project in Dubai

    A successful actor and producer, Shah Rukh Khan has now turned his attention towards real estate. Earlier we had reported that his wife Gauri Khan is joining hands with Hrithik Roshan’s ex-wife and interior designer Sussanne Khan but now we hear that Gauri Khan and her hubby superstar Shah Rukh Khan recently visited Dubai to launch their new venture – ‘Royal Estates by Shah Rukh Khan.’

    While Gauri Khan turned producer with Red Chillies Entertainment, for their real estate venture, this star wife will be designing houses under this venture. This AED 2.3 billion project was launched at Madinat Jumeriah, one of the most plush localities of the city and the project covers around 2.3 million-square-foot in Dubai Investments Park. However, the project in question is said to be designed by Shah Rukh Khan’s closest buddy and well-known architect from Los Angeles, Tony Ashai.

    The launch in Dubai however was a lavish affair with guests from India, Pakistan, Canada and UK being invited for the event. While this will be the couple’s first real estate business venture together there, they already own a beautiful house at Palm Jumeriah in Dubai and have often visited the city for holidays with their kids.

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/features/type/view/id/7003

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  6. I might watch Entertainment for timepass comedy feel of it. If i can watch Kick, i can watch Its Entertainment as well.

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  7. contd from
    https://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/kick-ongoing-the-rest-of-the-box-office/#comment-275755
    thanx for those expert comments there utkal uncle & ms. dhoni

    un/fortunately, haven’t been able to see kick…time constraints..
    just heard the soundtrack on the move–decent composition, good voice this–Neeti Mohan….

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  8. Entertainment First Day Business Early Estimate
    Friday 08 August 2014 23.00 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Entertainment is looking at a decent first day as the film opened to decent collections but did not get that big jump at metro multiplexes in the evening which could have taken it higher. The first day will be around 10 crore nett with 11 crore nett being the top end of the range.

    The film did not have much hype pre release as promos had limited impact and the numbers have mainly come due to the star power of Akshay Kumar in Central and Northern India.

    The business of metro cities like Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore is a drag on the film with only Delhi and Ahmedabad doing reasonably well out of the metros. The metro multiplex business over the weekend will be important for the film.

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    • Kick is facing some competition.

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    • I think critics are unduly harsh on Entertainment and some of the humour is not that bad. I think they purposely give low rating so that the film does good business.

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    • taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 3h
      #Entertainment Fri ₹ 11.57 cr nett. India biz.

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    • Entertainment First Day Business
      Saturday 09 August 2012 11.30 IST
      Box Office India Trade Network

      Entertainment grossed around 9.25 crore nett on its first day as it had decent opening in some circuits but business at multiplexes hit it badly almost all over. The better collections came in North and Central markets .

      The re instatement of tax in Rajasthan means a 20 lakhs odd loss straight way for this type of mass film. Despite being one of the better circuits the circuit figure is just around 60 lakhs nett which is lowest for Akshay Kumar starrer in last few years outside Joker. Released a couple of weeks back it would have been 80 lakhs nett in Rajasthan which would make it a top five opening in Rajasthan for 2014.

      After Rajasthan the best collections were East Punjab and CI. The film will be relying on a big jump in multiplexes on Saturday but it may be tough as if there was to be a major turnaround it should have started on Friday evening.

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  9. Kick Drops On Its Third Friday
    Saturday 09 August 2012 12.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Kick fell at the beginning of its third week as it grossed around 1.25 crore nett on its third Friday. The release of Entertainment meant a huge loss of screen time across the country. The film looked to be going over 220 crore nett for lifetime business but will now have to settle for 215 plus lifetime total.

    The business is now around 205 crore nett and it is closing in on the 208 crore nett of Chennai Express which is the second highest grossing film of all time. It should surpass the business of Chennai Express by the end of its third weekend.

    The film will surpass Dhoom 3 in a couple of circuits though in Nizam/Andhra, Mysore and Tamil Nadu /Kerala the business will stay below Chennai Express though all India business will be higher.

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  10. Hrithik has been undermined by the Khan mafia ever since Kaho Na pyar hai shattered all records for a debut.
    Some of his early good movies such as MK Fiza Yadain MPKDH MJDK were halted at the boxoffice by tremendous conspiracy by the Khans. They were worried that Hrithik will far surpass them and become the Amithab Bachan of the 21 century . They were breathing a sigh of relief after usurping the Box office of Lakshya ( one of the best movies of all time). However 2006 shellshocked them. They have gone into overdrive mode since than forbidding top production houses to work with him. To keep him down to number 4 they spent several crores to mislead people about the collections of Krish3.
    Amithab Bachan may have never been made if Rajessh Khanna was as nefarious as the Khans.
    This is the tragedy of Bollywood 21 century.

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    • Is that reason why Rakesh Roshan took SRK for an item number in Krazzy4, hired SRKs vfx company for Krissh3, HR did cameo in Don2, HR/SRK vacation together, etc?

      Your argument would hold some weigh if khan mafia had released their film along with hrithik film every time.

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      • Bandra.NRI Says:

        How many hours in a day are there ?

        IF these no good guys can do their jobs, their side business, their sports, their shows, their endorsements, have sex with Karan (yes now all three are in Johar’s movies) and still mange to mess up Hrtikh THEN there has to be more than 24 hours in a day.

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      • I have only one response:
        मुँह में राम बग़ल में छुरी

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        • Bandra.NRI Says:

          When you or one of your friends posts a statement that is not in English, it safe to assume that the statement is vile and putrid.

          I bet what you have stated here is something that at some level you too are too ashamed to say openly.

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          • “When you or one of your friends posts a statement that is not in English, it safe to assume that the statement is vile and putrid”..

            Bandra.NRI: Don’t you think this is an illogical statement. For instance, ABCD’s comment would mean something to the eefect of “a honey-tongued person who is ready to backstab” (not sure what is vile or putrid about this!). Not defending ABCD’s statements otherwise (his commentary is otherwise completely bilious on this thread….and terming the Khans as a ‘mafia’ is downright offensive), but I am not sure why do we have to take up the cudgels against writing in Devanagiri.

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          • Bandra.NRI Says:

            You can choose to ignore the overall arc of this particular sub discussion. You may choose to ignore the track history of such statements.

            You may even also choose to spin my statement as a statement against a script or language.

            These are your choices and reflect you. Nothing to do with me.

            But I have noticed a trend of responding to me in a way that I cannot read or understand. I choose to make my inference.

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          • ABCD just started commenting. If it was some other commentators I could have agreed. There is some misunderstanding between you guys (Bandra and Saurabh). So no sparring required!

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          • Saurabh

            If you do not intend to defend the “offensive” then don’t do it.

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    • ABCD: let me take a wild guess, I think you also believe in Queen of England being an Alien, US is hiding Aliens since Roswell crash and Elvis is still alive!

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  11. Interesting reading on how Hollywood studios use CinemaScore to project movie earnings:

    B Grade For ‘Turtles’ – What CinemaScores Mean And Why Exit Polling Matters

    By ANITA BUSCH | Saturday August 9, 2014

    …Every weekend, box-office reports across the country refer to a movie’s CinemaScore. If a picture gets an A+, it is touted by distributors and filmmakers alike but if it gets a C+, the hand-wringing begins. An F? It might as well stand for ‘forget it.’ Exit polling — whether it’s CinemaScore or a competitor like PostTrak — is an important indicator of how a movie might do long-term. It can predict what kind of multiple the film can expect. A multiple is determined by how many times its opening weekend number it might do (i.e., if the picture opened to $20M and ends up at $80M, it registers a 4 multiple)…

    http://www.deadline.com/2014/08/b-grade-for-turtles-what-cinemascores-mean-and-why-exit-polling-matters/#more-809014

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  12. People who do not believe that the Khans have dominated Bollywood for 20 years without using underhanded tactics are delusional. Even Amithab Bachan with much greater prowess than the Khan could not dominate more than 10 years. The following actors have been severely undermined by the Khans at varying degree of levels
    1) Hrithik Roshan
    2) Akshay Kumar
    3) Ajay Devgan
    4) Sunil Shetty
    5) Sunjay Dutt
    6) Chanderchaur Singh
    7) Vivek Oberoi

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    • Do you have a theory how Khans manipulated the paying audience?

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    • Loll .. 20 years ? I thought SRK first achieved superstar status in early 2000 .. Aamir only after RDB/TZP .. Salman only after Dabangg. How convenient to say combined dominance of three khans for 10 years .. lolll

      And Bachhcan only 10 years ?? Lolll … started in 1973 .. Amitabh dominated and stand alone for more than 20 years .. even his 5 years delayed movie released in 1994 Insaniyat earned more than Sunny Deol’s Krodh and Vishwatma .. 🙂

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      • AB dominance started in 1977 and ended in 1987
        SRK domination started in 1995
        SK started in 1994
        AK started in 1996

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        • Ended in 1987 ?? He don’t have any release in 1987 .. so how come ended ?? And can u tell me which star was above Amitabh during 1987-1992 period ?? Lollll

          And do u really know meaning of dominance ?? SRK was not even superstar in 1994 .. leave dominance. Bollywood was still searching for superstar even in late 90’s … these khans have many flops in 90’s even when number of releases are too lower .. and again we are talking three khans and dominance in same breath .. lolll 🙂

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        • Fact is even if we take three khans combined .. they never ever even for a year dominated the way Amitabh dominated in his prime …. There was time when whole industry was revolving around him .. 80% of top grossers were starring Amitabh. Khans never able to achieve this even if we take them combined.

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  13. RajRoshan Says:

    Chandrachur Singh? lol

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  14. think there’s been enough discussion on this Khans/Hrithik silliness. No need to clutter the forum with this stuff.

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  15. Silly really it is far more interesting than cutting and pasting from the corrupt Khandan BOI.

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  16. Satyam, GF, Q- thoughts on any Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam films you folks have seen recently (apart from Kadal)! Did any of you get around to watching Paradesi or Mysskin’s Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum or anything else for that matter?

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    • have had both of those lying around for ages, specially Paradesi but somehow haven’t gotten around to it. It’s crazy but I’ve probably had the latter DVD for a couple of years now or something of the sort! Might get to the Mysskin first, have heard extraordinary praise for it.

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  17. Entertainment Makes Little Impact On Saturday
    Saturday 09 August 2012 23.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Entertainment made little impact on Saturday as collections will be in the same range as Friday when the film really needed big growth to give it a chance at the box office. The film is depending on mass and family audiences to give it a boost on Sunday but getting a 30 crore nett for the weekend looks a best case scenario

    The film only has one week to do its business as the makers of Singham Returns have booked all the major single screens across the country leaving Entertainment with multiplex screenings where the film is weaker compared to single screens.

    Due to this scenario the film had to get a big first day number or if that did not happen then 20-30% growth was a must on Saturday.

    Kick on the other hand showed big growth on Saturday and collections may well be 75% higher and around 2.25 crore nett.

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    • Entertainment Manges To Grow A Little On Saturday
      Sunday 10 August 2014 13.30 IST
      Box Office India Trade Network

      Entertainment showed a little growth on Saturday grossing around 9.50 crore nett. The film needed to show bigger growth due to low starting point but still the plus is that it did not drop. The business for the first two days is as follows.

      Friday – 8,90,00,000
      Saturday – 9,60,00,000
      TOTAL – 18,50,00,000

      The numbers are low but the trend is fair. The film should have a much better Sunday as the film is mainly for masses and families and can close the weekend at around 30 crore nett.

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    • taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 5h
      #Entertainment Fri 11.16 cr [revised figure], Sat 11.53 cr. Total: ₹ 22.69 cr nett. India biz.

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  18. AamirsFan Says:

    this seems interesting….

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  19. AamirsFan Says:

    Weekend Report: ‘Turtle’ Power
    by Ray Subers
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    August 10, 2014

    Ninja Turtles fans old and young showed up at the movies this weekend, driving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to one of the biggest August openings ever.

    Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy scored the highest second weekend of the Summer so far.

    The Top 12 earned an estimated $173.6 million this weekend, which is up 22 percent from the same frame last year. This August remains on track to be the biggest ever, and could be the first to pass $1 billion.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruled the box office with an estimated $65 million this weekend. That ranks fourth all-time in the month of August. It’s noticeably higher than G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra ($54.7 million), though 3D premiums and ticket price inflation likely account for most of that gap. The movie also made more in one weekend than 2007 animated Turtles movie TMNT earned in its entire run.

    This strong opening can be attributed primarily to the power of the Ninja Turtles brand. Older moviegoers (over 25, at least), have a fondness for the Turtles of the 80s and 90s, while children have formed a connection with the Turtles via the recent (and very popular) Nickelodeon animated show. This new version managed to align nicely with the existing brand, while also creating something visually distinct from its predecessors (primarily with the CGI turtles and Michael Bay style action). As a result, it drew strong interest from moviegoers young and old: according to Paramount, the audience was 55 percent over the age of 25.

    Reviews are poor (19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and word-of-mouth is mixed (a “B” CinemaScore isn’t great for a movie like this), so it’s unclear exactly how well Ninja Turtles is going to hold up. If it plays like the recent Transformers movie, it will wind up with less than $160 million. A better comparison may be G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which opened on the same weekend in 2009: if Turtles follows that movie’s pattern, it will close with nearly $180 million.

    Paramount seems fairly pleased with these opening weekend results: on Sunday morning, they announced that they plan to release a sequel on June 3rd, 2016.

    In second place, Guardians of the Galaxy fell 56 percent to $41.5 million, which is the biggest second weekend of the Summer. That drop is essentially on par with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World. To date, Guardians has earned $175.9 million—the best 10-day total of the year—and remains on track to be the top movie of the Summer with over $260 million.

    Into the Storm opened in third place with an estimated $18 million. That’s identical to director Steven Quale’s Final Destination 5, which opened to $18 milloin around the same time in 2011. It’s also a bit higher than Snakes on a Plane ($15.2 million), which had a similar B-movie quality to it.

    Of course, the closest comparison for Into The Storm is fellow tornado movie Twister, which opened to $41 million back in 1996. The difference between these two movies is that Twister had human characters to connect to, while Into the Storm was exclusively focused on delivering CGI thrills.

    The audience was 58 percent female and 71 percent over the age of 25. They awarded the movie a “B” CinemaScore. This is the type of movie that is usually very front-loaded; it would be surprising if this ultimately came anywhere near $50 million.

    The Hundred-Foot Journey opened in fourth place with an estimated $11.1 million. That’s a bit higher than May’s Million Dollar Arm; unfortunately, it paled in comparison to similar August releases like Eat Pray Love ($23.1 million) and Julie & Julia ($20 million). With strong word-of-mouth and an audience that skews much older (69 percent over the age of 35), this should hold up well: a total close to $40 million is possible.

    Rounding out the Top Five, Lucy fell 49 percent to an estimated $9.3 million. To date, the Scarlett Johansson/Luc Besson thriller has grossed $97.4 million, and will pass $100 million sometime this week.

    Step Up All In tanked with $6.6 million this weekend. That’s down 44 percent from the previous installment, which was already the lowest-grossing outing in the franchise. Even with solid international returns, it would be surprising if a sixth Step Up got a theatrical release here in the U.S.

    Lionsgate/Summit has released six movies at over 2,000 locations this year. Aside from Divergent—which was obviously a huge success—the other five have all debuted below $10 million.

    Despite good reviews and solid word-of-mouth (“A” CinemaScore), Get On Up got crushed in its second weekend. The James Brown biopic fell 63 percent to $5 million, which brings its total to $22.9 million.

    A Most Wanted Man fell 31 percent to $2.2 million, and has now earned $10.4 million total. Meanwhile, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood expanded to 507 theaters and added $2.1 million. The movie has now taken in $10.7 million, and will continue its expansion next weekend.

    James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D opened to $150,900 at 304 theaters, which translates to a horrible $496 per-theater average.

    Daniel Radcliffe/Zoe Kazan rom-com What If earned $130,000 from 20 theaters. In comparison, Kazan’s Ruby Sparks opened a bit higher than that in just 13 locations. Ruby Sparks ultimately closed with $2.5 million, which would be a disappointing result for What If. Radcliffe should help give the movie a boost as it expands in to more theaters, but this is still a weak start for the movie.

    Around-the-World Roundup

    Guardians of the Galaxy added $40.1 million overseas, which brings its early total to $137 million. Its only significant new territory was Australia, where it took first place with $6 million ($8.2 million including previews). It still has six major markets left to open; next weekend, it expands in to France and Spain.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened to $28.7 million this weekend; its only major markets were Russia ($11.1 million) and Mexico ($6.9 million). Both of those are strong debuts that rival recent major releases like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy.

    The Turtles brand is internationally recognizable, and the movie seems conceived of with foreign moviegoers in mind; while there’s not quite enough data at this point, it still seems like $300-million-plus is a likely outcome.

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes added $29.5 million this weekend. That includes a very good $6.2 million start in Germany. The movie has now earned $306.1 million overseas, which is ahead of Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($305 million). With China and Japan on the way, Dawn will have no problem topping $400 million overseas.

    Transformers: Age of Extinction reached its final major markets this weekend. It scored $6.3 million in Japan (on par with the second installment) and $2.8 million in Spain. Overall, it’s now earned $789.3 million overseas, which ranks ninth all-time ahead of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3889&p=.htm

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  20. Helen Mirren & Om Puri star In Steven Spielberg production

    Based on the book, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a cute culinary tale starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri as the two restaurateurs who spar in a small French town. Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) the film is a delightful blend of humor and a clashing of cultures. Both Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey loved the book, from which the movie was adapted, so much so that they became producers on the film, along with Juliet Blake. It is easy to see why the two loved the theme so much, it deals with a hopeful protagonist, his offspring and a miserable older widow who owns the only eating establishment in a small town.

    The plot deals with the Kadam family who, as the result of a local Indian election gone wrong, lose everything; their restaurant, wife and mother and their home. After immigrating to England, under the Heathrow landing air space, the family declare the country too cold and wet and move to France. Papa Kadam, keeps driving until he finds a place that his deceased wife will like. Once their brakes fail on the old van they have been travelling in, a chance encounter with a local woman, Marguerite, played by Charlotte Le Bon, sets events in motion that will change everyone’s life.

    A quick word about Charlotte Le Bon. This actress is the daughter of Canadian actress Brigitte Paquette and apart from resembling a young Winona Ryder, has an effortless ability to flow her emotions while in character. There is something about this young lady that is captivating enough to make her stand out on screen the moment she is in range of the camera.

    The same can be said, however, of Manish Dayal, the romantic lead in The Hundred-Foot Journey. Helen Mirren and Om Puri may have a lot of fun sparring in the cute tale of a culinary clash in small town France, but it is Dayal, and Le Bon who capture the eye. Dayal, an American actor from the southern state of South Carolina, is another performer who shines on film. He is slightly reminiscent of Joshua Jackson but with a bit more of a twinkle in his eye. The pairing of him and Charlotte Le Bon as one of the romantic interests in the film was inspired.

    Helen Mirren does just what she does best. There is no shortage of acting chops here. Her portrayal of the icily determined restaurant owner who will, seemingly, stop at nothing to get that second Michelin star is, of course, superb. Her battle at Madame Mallory against the new competition across the road, the “hundred-feet” referenced in the film’s, and book’s, title, is funny as it is cruel, at times.

    Of course, Hassan tries the olive branch approach to calm things down at first. Later, when Papa Kadam heats up the war with increased effort, the result is quite a good bit of hilarity. Om Puri, who has 256 projects listed on IMDb, is the perfect actor to share screen space with Mirren. These two do a wonderful job of combat and injured pride.

    Brit actor Amit Shah gives a brilliant comic performance as Hassan’s brother and Farzana Dua Elahe is delightful as the sister who is grounded in reality and tries to cool down her father’s overenthusiastic approach to everything. This actress, apart from being absolutely stunning, is an excellent performer who should be used much more.

    The Hundred-Foot Journey, feels almost like an English film. Crisp and delightful dialogue, although some of the French accents were a little hard to understand and a few subtitles would not have gone amiss for those who did not take the language in high school. The script however hit all the right spots. Helen Mirren and Om Puri were cute as the culinary warriors who fight to win the town. In fact, there were no slackers in terms of performance from anyone in the movie.

    This film does not have an incredible amount of depth to it. The premise, of two eateries setting up business across the road in one small French village, may stretch credibility a little, but the the actors make the film an enjoyable experience. Dame Helen Mirren and Om Puri spar amusingly in this cute culinary tale and they bring a lot to this foodie movie. The Hundred-Foot Journey opens August 8 in cinemas across the country. This is a “feel good” film and by the end of credits, one leaves the theatre with a warmth in the heart and a spring in the step.

    Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/08/the-hundred-foot-journey-helen-mirren-and-om-puri-spar-in-cute-culinary-tale/#i04BDMe2If6tUsrc.99

    Sounds a ‘tasty’ food film…

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  21. taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 3h
    #Kick [Week 3] Fri 1.97 cr, Sat 2.94 cr, Sun 3.92 cr. Grand total: ₹ 223.94 cr nett. India biz.

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  22. taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 5h
    #Entertainment Fri 11.16 cr, Sat 11.53 cr, Sun 14 cr. Total: ₹ 36.69 cr nett. India biz.

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    • ‘Entertainment’ decent, but weekdays are crucial!
      By Taran Adarsh, August 11, 2014 – 08:49 IST

      Recall the by-now-legendary dialogue delivered by Vidya Balan in THE DIRTY PICTURE: ‘Filmein sirf teen cheezo ki wajah se chalti hain — Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment’. Two weeks ago, KICK, a film loaded with entertainment, stormed the box-office. However, ENTERTAINMENT, which lives up to its title and should’ve also embarked on an impressive start at the ticket window, has met with an ordinary response in the domestic market.

      ENTERTAINMENT did start well in several circuits [the response was below the mark in some circuits as well] and like it happens with most films these days, the business witnessed decent growth during the evening and night shows on Day 1. Since the word of mouth is positive, the biz on Saturday and Sunday witnessed an upward trend, but when you compare its numbers with Akshay’s last release, HOLIDAY – A SOLDIER IS NEVER OFF DUTY, the weekend biz of ENTERTAINMENT is pretty low.

      Why didn’t the positive word of mouth translate into terrific weekend business? The buzz was just right, the songs were popular, the promotion was wonderful, there wasn’t any opponent to cut into its biz… but box-office can be so unpredictable!

      Unlike KICK, which enjoyed an open run for two weeks, ENTERTAINMENT gets only a one-week window to amass a fat total, since the much-awaited SINGHAM RETURNS arrives next Friday and will curtail its prospects to a large extent.

      As for KICK, which is now into its third week, its business did witness a slowdown on Friday, but zoomed Northwards on Saturday and Sunday. All eyes are on the lifetime business of KICK and whether it will surpass the lifetime business of CHENNAI EXPRESS, which released during Eid last year. It’s a wait and watch situation right now!

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    • Entertainment Has Poor Weekend But Trend Decent
      Monday 11 August 2014 12.00 IST
      Box Office India Trade Network

      Entertainment had a poor weekend of around 31 crore nett but the trend was decent. A film like like Entertainment should be hitting 40 crore nett at least over the weekend but it has fell more than 20% short of that mark. The weekend collections are less than a film like Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania which is less than half the cost of Entertainment.

      The plus for the film is that it had a very good jump on Sunday which gives it a chance to hold steady collections over the weekdays. The problem is week two where a big drop inevitable as it faces competition from Singham Returns which makes a decent lifetime number very hard.

      Entertainment fared best in Delhi/UP, East Punjab and CI. Gujarat also showed a very good jump on Sunday though many circuits performed well below the mark even with growth on Sunday.

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    • Kick Becomes Second Highest Grosser Of All Time
      Monday 11 August 2014 11.00 IST
      Box Office India Trade Network

      Kick has now become the second highest grossing film of all time as it added around 6.50 crore nett in its third weekend taking the seventeen day total to 210 crore nett nett. There was a drop of 80% in the third weekend due to the release of Entertainment.

      The other 200 crore nett plus films were 3 Idiots at 201 crore nett and Chennai Express at 208 crore nett which have both been surpassed by Kick now. The highest grossing film of all time is Dhoom 3 which grossed 260 crore nett and Kick will not get close to this figure.

      Kick is looking at a finish in the 215-220 crore nett range and will set new lifetime records in a few circuits as it crosses the business of Dhoom 3. The film is the biggest grosser of Salman Khan in every circuit in India.

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  23. Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide…RIP, very sad especially knowing its suicide!!

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  24. taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 6h
    #Entertainment is ROCK-STEADY on Tue too. Fri 11.16 cr, Sat 11.53 cr, Sun 14 cr, Mon 7 cr, Tue 5.13 cr. Total: ₹ 48.82 cr nett. India biz.

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    • Entertainment Holds Up Very Strongly On Monday
      Tuesday 12 August 01.30 IST
      Box Office India Trade Network

      Entertainment has held up very well on Monday with collections set to come in at over 6 crore nett. The all India drop is less than 30% while some places have even recorded better collections than Monday.

      The rock steady Monday gives the film a chance although there is the problem of a big film on Friday which will mean less shows. If the film can hold steady over the next few days then multiplex programmers will give it shows enabling it to have a chance of decent second week numbers.

      The first week is sure to go over 50 crore nett which is pretty good for a film with a weekend which was just a little over 30 crore nett.

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    • Entertainment Tuesday Business
      Wednesday 13 August 2014 11.00 IST
      Box Office India Trade Network

      Entertainment dropped around 25% on Tuesday as the circuits which got benefit of day after Raksha Bandhan fell but still collections on Tuesday are still less than 50% doen from Friday so trend is decent . Below are the daily figures for the first five days in week one.

      Friday – 8,90,00,000
      Saturday – 9,60,00,000
      Sunday – 12,50,00,000
      Monday – 6,30,00,000
      Tuesday – 4,80,00,000

      TOTAL – 42,10,00,000

      The film has collected around 42 crore nett plus in five days and the week will go to around 50 crore nett but the key is how much can it add after the first week.

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  25. taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 45m
    #Kick [Wk 3] Fri 1.97 cr, Sat 2.94 cr, Sun 3.92 cr, Mon 1.69 cr, Tue 1.35 cr. Grand total: ₹ 226.98 cr nett. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER

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  26. taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 2h
    After surpassing #3Idiots, #Kick now overtakes #ChennaiExpress biz in India. #Kick total till Wed: ₹ 228.08 cr nett. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER!

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  27. On the timelessness of the ‘communal’ Anand Math:

    Anand Math follows a distinctly spiritual chain of thoughts.

    In today’s time it may seem, depending on the viewer’s level of sensitivity, antiquated or profound.

    Bankim Chandra perceives the nation as the divine mother, thoughtlessly handed over to outsiders for personal gain. And only her children can atone for the sins of their ancestors by dedicating their lives to her cause.

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