Friday, August 31, 2012

Week 2 Collections of Ek Tha Tiger!

By Anant Mathur (August 31, 2012)

Well, we can't really end August without knowing the second week collections of Ek Tha Tiger now can we? As expected Ek Tha Tiger had a substantial fall after the phenomenal first week which shattered most records.

Below are the results of the second week collections of Ek Tha Tiger:

Week 1
Total (9 Days): 154.21 Crores*

Week 2
Friday (Day 10): 4.55 Crores
Saturday (Day 11): 7.01 Crores
Sunday (Day 12): 9.18 Crores
Monday (Day 13): 2.92 Crores
Tuesday (Day 14): 2.60 Crores
Wednesday (Day 15): 2.39 Crores
Thursday (Day 16): 1.97 Crores
Week 2 Total: 30.62 Crores

Total: 184.83 Crores (after 2 Weeks)

* For Details of the 1st Week Collections of Ek Tha Tiger please see my post titled "Ek Tha Tiger Second Highest Grosses!"
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Ek Tha Tiger Second Highest Grosses!

By Anant Mathur (August 24, 2012)

The first week collection of EK THA TIGER are earth shattering to say the least. Ek Tha Tiger has became the second highest grosser after collecting Rs. 154.21 Crores in just the first week of release demolishing several records along the way. Ek Tha Tiger has raked in almost twice as much moolah as 3 Idiots managed in it's first week. It took Dabangg 10 days to collect 106 Crores and break the 100 Crores mark. Bodyguard manage 121 crores in its 9 day extended first week and 3 idiot generated 116 crores in its first two weeks. Ek Tha Tiger has already beaten the total collections of Dabangg (147 Crores) and Bodyguard (148 Crores) which dropped to the number 3 and 4 positions in Nett Box Office Collections (NBOC). Ek Tha Tiger is well on its way to reaching the 202 Crores NBOC record held by 3 Idiots and becoming the highest grossing film in history. Looks like it'll be Salman not beloved Shahrukh who rescues Yash Raj Films from their inevitable demise.

Below are the collections for the first (extended 9 days) week of release:

Wednesday: 32.93 Crores
Thursday: 14.50 Crores
Friday: 12.92 Crores
Saturday: 16.75 Crores
Sunday: 23.06 Crores
Monday: 20.68 Crores
Tuesday: 16.31 Crores
Wednesday: 10.45 Crores
Thursday: 6.61 Crores
Total: 154.21 Crores

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Salman Khan: King of B.O.

By Anant Mathur (August 20, 2012)

The B.O. in this case refers to Box Office and not body odour. Salman's latest flick Ek Tha Tiger has crushed the opening day box office record set by Agneepath earlier this year when it earned approx. Rs. 22 crore nett on its opening day (breaking the Rs. 21.25 crore mark previously held by Salman Khan's Bodyguard). In fact, at 32.93 crores in nett collection on Opening Day, Ek Tha Tiger has earned almost 50% more than Agneepath. And it looks like EK Tha Tiger is well on its way to shattering the 1st week collections record held by... you'll never guess... Salman Khan! ...Bodyguard had an opening week (9 day extended week) of Rs. 100.15 crores. Ek Tha Tiger has already become the first film in Bollywood history to reach Rs. 100 crores in nett collection in its first weekend - in only 5 days - the previous record was 9 days.

Ek Tha Tiger had a phenomenal 5 day weekend although there were some dips on Thursday and Friday due to the fact that it's the last few days of the fasting period before Eid. The film held its ground and recovered magnificently from the dips on Saturday and Sunday.

Looks like Yash Raj Films is well on its way to recovering the money it has lost in the last 10 years after a series of flops, thanks again to Salman Khan. It seems whenever a production house is doing poorly they need Salman Khan to bring them back to contention.

Here is a breakdown of the extended 5 day weekend collections of Ek Tha Tiger:

Wed - Rs. 32.93 Crores
Thu - Rs. 14.50 Crores
Fri - Rs. 12.92 Crores
Sat - Rs. 16.75 Crores
Sun - Rs. 23.00 Crores
Total - Rs. 100.10 Crores

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Young Legends!

By Anant Mathur (August 13, 2012)

Sometimes in life we get a chance to experience voices which are truly very special and touch our heart instantly, today I would like to tell you about two such individuals. You may have heard of them but if you haven't you really should give them a listen. Selena and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole both had fabulous voices, unfortunately, we lost these great artists at a young age, but they'll live on forever through their wonderful music.

Selena, as she was poplarly know, was an American singer-songwriter. At the 1987 Tejano Music Awards, Selena won Best Female Vocalist. In 1988, she met Chris Pérez, who had his own band. Two years later, the Quintanilla family hired him to play in Selena's band and they quickly fell in love. On April 2, 1992, Selena and Pérez were married. In 1990 the album, Ven Conmigo was the first Tejano album recorded by a female artist to achieve gold status. Around this time, a registered nurse and fan named Yolanda Saldívar approached Selena's father with the idea of starting a fan club. Her wish was granted and she became the club's president. In 1992, Selena’s stardom got a big boost with the song, "Como La Flor" off a new album, Entre a Mi Mundo. The next album, Selena Live! won Best Mexican-American Album at the 36th Grammy Awards.

The album Amor Prohibido was released in 1994. It was nominated for a Grammy award for Mexican-American Album of the Year. Billboard's Premio Lo Nuestro awarded them six awards, including Best Latin Artist and Song of the Year for "Como La Flor". Meanwhile, her duet with the Barrio Boyzz, "Donde Quiera Que Estés", reached number one in the Billboard Latin Charts. By fall of 1994, Amor Prohibido was a commercial success in Mexico and made four number one Latin hits, replacing Gloria Estefan's Mi Tierra on the chart's number one spot. It sold over 400,000 copies by late 1994 in the U.S. and another 50,000 copies in Mexico, reaching gold status. Aside from music, she began designing and manufacturing a clothing line in 1994 and opened two boutiques called Selena Etc.

At the peak of her career, Selena visited local schools to talk to students about the importance of education. She also donated her time to civic organizations such as D.A.R.E. These demonstrations of community involvement won her loyalty from her fan base. Selena scheduled her English album for release in the summer of 1995.

On the morning of March 31, 1995, Selena was murdered at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club. In early 1995, the Quintanillas discovered that Saldívar was embezzling money from the fan club, and they decided to fire her. When Selena confronted her, Saldívar drew a gun from her purse and shot her once in her right shoulder, severing an artery. Selena died in a hospital from loss of blood. Selena's murder had widespread impacts. Major networks interrupted their regular programming to break the news; Tom Brokaw referred to Selena as "The Mexican Madonna". Her funeral drew 60,000 mourners, many of whom traveled from outside the United States. People magazine published a commemorative issue in honor of Selena's memory and musical career, titled Selena 1971–1995, Her Life in Pictures.  

Selena was inducted into the "Latin Music Hall of Fame" in 1995. That summer, Selena's album Dreaming of You, a combination of Spanish-language songs and new English-language tracks, debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making her the first Hispanic singer to accomplish this feat. and the second highest debut after Michael Jackson's HIStory. On its release date, the album sold over 175,000 copies, a record for a female pop singer, and it sold two million copies in its first year. Songs such as "I Could Fall in Love" and "Dreaming of You" were played widely by mainstream English-language radio, with the latter reaching number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, "I Could Fall in Love", while ineligible for the Hot 100 at the time, reached number 8 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. "Dreaming of You" was certified 35× Platinum (Latin field) by the Recording Industry Association of America. In October 1995, a Houston jury convicted Saldívar of first degree murder and sentenced her to life in prison.

In 1997, Warner Bros. produced Selena, a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez. Selena's life was also the basis of the musical Selena Forever starring Veronica Vazquez as Selena. In June 2006, Selena was commemorated with a life-sized bronze statue in Corpus Christi, Texas and a Selena museum opened there. She has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.

Kamakawiwoʻole was a Hawaiian musician who died just as he was getting popular outside of Hawaii. His album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television advertisement commercials (including the popular romantic comedy "50 First Dates"). Through his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres like jazz and reggae, Kamakawiwoʻole's music remains a very strong influence in Hawaiian music.

Kamakawiwoʻole's first solo album "Ka ʻAnoʻi", released in 1990, won awards for Contemporary Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year from the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (HARA). His second album Facing Future featured his most popular song, the medley "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World", along with "Hawaiʻi 78", "White Sandy Beach of Hawaiʻi", "Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man", and "Kaulana Kawaihae". Facing Future debuted at #25 on Billboard magazine's Top Pop Catalogue chart. 

On October 26, 2005, Facing Future became Hawaii's first certified platinum album, selling more than a million CDs in the United States. Facing Future was followed by 2 more albums E Ala E (1995) which featured the political title song "ʻE Ala ʻE" and "Kaleohano", and N Dis Life (1996) featured "In This Life" and "Starting All Over Again". In 1997, Kamakawiwoʻole was again honored by HARA at the Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, and Island Contemporary Album of the Year. His fifth and final album Alone in Iz World was released in 2001, 4 years after his death in 1997. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Chart and charted on several other Billboard’s album charts including and #135 on Billboard's Top 200, #13 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #15 on the Top Internet Album Sales charts.

Throughout his life, Kamakawiwoʻole was obese and at one point weighed 757 pounds (343 kgs) standing 6-foot-2-inch (1.88 m) tall. He endured several hospitalizations because of problems caused by his obesity. Beset with respiratory and other medical problems, he died in Queen's Medical Center on June 26, 1997. The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwoʻole's funeral. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Analysis of the first 6 months of 2012

By Anant Mathur (August 06, 2012)

The first 6 months are over and the final collections are in, so let us see how the first half of 2012 fared at the box office. Unlike 2011, the start of 2012 was a terrible one for Bollywood - the first money maker didn't arrive untill late February when Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Dsouza starrer "Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya" managed to recover its cost and made a slight profit for its distributors. 

The first release of 2012 was the Mega-budget (70 crores) Multi-starrer "Players" - the film only managed to rake in approximately "29 crores" in its entire box office run. The final release of January - "Agneepath" started out well, but lost all steam after the first week, and though it crossed the 100 crores mark it fell shy of making a profit for its distributor. 

It was all downhill from there, the next big release was Karan Johar produced "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu" starring Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan, but it too failed at the box office. Finally on March 9th we had the first big hit of the dismal first quarter of 2012 - Kahaani starring Vidya Balan (made at a budget of 8.5 crores) earned 47.23 crores at the box office - giving its distributors 23.04 crores in revenue and handing them a generous profit of 14.54 crores. 

On April 20th, two films were releases (Vicky Donor and Hate Story) and surprisingly both proved to be money makers for their distributors in the midst of IPL matches - I bet all the critics are shocked and confused. In fact, Vicky Donor made on a budget of about 5 crores provided it's distributor with 10.32 crores in profit. Like I've always said, it doesn't matter when a film is released as long as it's made for a low budget and has a viable story it will succeed.

The biggest hit of first half didn't arrive till the first week of June when Rowdy Rathore became the highest grossing film of the year by crossing the 130 crores mark in nett collections. 

A total of 62 films were released in the first half of 2012. IPL matches began in early April and lasted until the end of May. During this period several medium and large budget films were released and 3 films (Hate Story, Vicky Donor and Jannat 2) were able to recover their cost or make a proft. Only 9 of 62 films were profitable for distributors - that's a 14.52% success rate. Out of the 9 only 3 were hits, the others just managed to recover their cost. 

Below are the films that were released in the first 6 months of 2012 and their box office performance:

Cost: 8.5 Crores
Revenue: 51.71 Crores (One Up Entertainment)
Distrubutor's Share: 23.04 Crores (approx.)
Profit: 14.84 crores
ROI: 174.59% (approx.)

Vicky Donor
Cost: 5 Crores (Eros)
Revenue: 37.31 Crores
Distrubutor's Share: 15.32 Crores (approx.)
Profit: 10.32 Crores
ROI: 206.40%

Rowdy Rathore
Cost: 40 Crores (UTV)
Revenue: 132.49 Crores
Distrubutor's Share: 60.45 Crores (approx.)
Profit: 15.45 Crores
ROI: 34.33%

Films that were able to recover their cost in the first half of 2012 include: 
Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, Hate Story, Jannat 2, Ferrari Ki Sawaari, Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1, Maximum.


Cost: 70 crores (Viacom 18 Motion Pictures)
Revenue: 28.93 crores
Distrubutor's Share: 13.69 Crores (approx.)
Loss: 56.31 crores

Cost: 60 Crores (Dharma Productions)
Revenue: 122.60 Crores
Distrubutor's Share: 58.32 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 1.68 Crores

Gali Gali Chor Hai
Cost: 12 Crores (One Up Entertainment)
Revenue: 4.84 Crores
Distrubutor's Share:
2.37 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 9.63 Crores

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Cost: 36 Crores (UTV)
Revenue: 39.73
Distrubutor's Share: 19.11 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 16.89 Crores

Ekk Deewana Tha
Cost: 15 Crores (Fox Star Studios)
Revenue: 4.70
Distrubutor's Share: 2.32 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 12.68 Crores

Jodi Breakers
Cost: 10 Crores (Top Angle Productions)
Revenue: 9.42
Distrubutor's Share: 4.61 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 5.39 Crores

London Paris New York
Cost: 14 Crores (Fox Star Studios)
Revenue: 6.41
Distrubutor's Share: 3.13 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 11.87 Crores

Paan Singh Tomar
Cost: 10 Crores (UTV)
Revenue: 15.59
Distrubutor's Share: 6.85 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 3.15 Crores

Agent Vinod
Cost: 60 Crores (Eros)
Revenue: 43.29
Distrubutor's Share: 21.12 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 38.88 Crores

Housefull 2
Cost: 75 Crores (Eros)
Revenue: 109.10
Distrubutor's Share: 49.38 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 25.62 Crores

Cost: 40 Crores (Eros)
Revenue: 15.42
Distrubutor's Share: 7.61 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 32.39 Crores

Cost: 25 Crores (Yash Raj Films)
Revenue: 44.18
Distrubutor's Share: 20.19 Cores (approx.)
Loss: 4.81 Crores

Arjun: The Warrior Prince
Cost: 30 Crores (UTV, Disney)
Revenue: 1.52 Crores
Distrubutor's Share: 0.75 Cores (approx.)
29.25 Crores

Cost: 18 Crores (PVR Pictures)
Revenue: 19.73 Crores
Distrubutor's Share: 9.54 Cores (approx.)
8.46 Crores

Teri Meri Kahaani
Cost: 30 Crores (Nadiawala Grandson Entertainment)
Revenue: 26.18 Crores
Distrubutor's Share: 12.70 Cores (approx.)
17.30 Crores

Other Notable FLOPS during the first half of 2012 include:
Chaalis Chauraasi, Ghost, Sadda Adda, Tutiya Dil, Staying Alive, Married 2 America, Diary Of A Butterfly, Will You Marry Me?, Chaar Din Ki Chandni, Akkad Bakkad Bam Be Bo, Chaurahen, Love Possible, Say Yes To Love, Zindagi Tere Naam, Bumboo, Jhansi Ki Rani, Key Club, Ab Hoga Darna Unlimited, Bittoo Boss, Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein, Adventure of Haunted House, Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi, Dangerous Ishhq, Department, Chhota Bheem, Khud Ko Kar Buland, Mr. Bhatti On Chutti, Chutki Bajaa Ke,
Love Recipe, Love Wrinkle Free, MLA, Rakhtbeej, Yeh Khula Aasmaan, Chakradhaar, Qasam Se Qasam Se, Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai
, Supermen Of Malegaon, Vidhata Tere Khel Hai Nirale.

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