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Emraan-Bipasha's Raaz 3 opens well at the box office

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, September 08, 2012
First Published: 13:33 IST(8/9/2012) | Last Updated: 14:20 IST(8/9/2012)

Vikram Bhatt's Raaz 3 might have opened to mixed reviews, but looks like the film has appealed to the viewers. The movie has grossed Rs. 11 cr at the box office. And guess what! It's Emraan and Bipasha's biggest opener ever.

"#Raaz3 *India* Thu previews 58 lacs, Fri 10.47 cr. Total: 11.05 cr nett. Extra-ordinary. Bhatts, Emraan & @bipsluvurself 's biggest opener!" tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

"Raaz 3 showed a pretty good opening at the Indian box office. The movie as expected is doing better at single screen theaters than that of multiplexes. Average occupancy in single screens was somewhere around 80% whereas that of in multiplexes about 60%. Since the movie also released in 3D the 3D screens are having a better footfall than the 2D ones," reports Koimoi.com.

Raaz 3"Circuits where the movies did pretty well ranged from Rajasthan, Bihar, CPCI and Nizam. On the other hand Metros like Delhi & Mumbai showed considerably poor footfall. The fact that the movie is doing well in the bigger film circuits, should guarantee the movie a good Day 1 box office," added the trade website.

"#Raaz3 trends: S screens/heartland/mass-dominated circuits 80% to 85%, urban centres 45% to 55%... 3D version 90%... Thu previews 58 lacs," tweets Adarsh.

Adarsh is all praise for Emraan and Bipasha's performance in the film. "#Raaz was a turning point in @bipsluvurself 's career and #Raaz3 should mark the commencement of a fresh phase for this gifted actress," says Adarsh.

"#Murder2, #TheDirtyPicture, #Jannat2 and now #Raaz3. Emraan Hashmi has proved, time and again, he's a crowd puller!" added Adarsh.

"#Raaz3 opening at places, specifically in Rajasthan, is at par with #EkThaTiger. Yes, you read it right!" says Adarsh.

The film is one of the biggest openers of 2012.

"Raaz khul gaya... #Raaz3 opens to extraordinary response. One of the biggest starts of 2012," Adarsh's another tweet read.

Critics' Take

Critics report: Raaz 3 gets mixed reviews, Bipasha steals the show
The first half of Raaz 3 is not bad. Talking about the horror part in the film, we definitely aren't scared to death. Bipasha Basu steals the show left, right and center as Shanaya; Emraan and Esha are average, say critics. REVIEWS INSIDE

HT's review: Raaz 3
What do film stars with waning mojos do when they fail to win awards? Swig whisky on the rocks and wallow in self-pity? Raaz 3’s megalomaniac, mantra-reciting, tacky-costume-wearing heroine Shanaya (Bipasha Basu) plays out those clichés, in front of a giant photograph of herself no less, before she seeks out the devil. REVIEW INSIDE





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