No relief in sight: no upbeat news of Hansal Mehta's Woodstock Villa featuring Sikander Kher and Neha Uberoi and Toony's Hastey Hastey with Jimmy Sheirgill and Nisha Rawal.
But then, the trade didn't expect surprise packets either.
Games are over
The silver lining is that the IPL matches have ended, stoking the hope that movi goers will return to the ‘plexes.
Woodstock Villa, although promoted well, didn't open encouragingly at all. The first day collections at most cinema halls were 10 to 15 per cent. Expectations of improvement are zilch.
Hastey Hastey took a disastrous opening. The collections were close to nil ranging between five to 10 per cent.
Meanwhile, despite mixed reviews, Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull, attracted a fairly upbeat response. The opening collections in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore were satisfactory The dubbed versions are faring well in small towns. Week that was Last week's Dhoom Dadaka, Don Muthu Swami and Ghatothkach have sunk without a trace.
Jannat is managing fairly good collections in its third week, particularly during the weekend. Bhoothnath has proved to be an oh-no at the cash counters everywhere.