Everyone from the media to the audience suffered from a case of Ram Gopal Varma fatigue. Mr Factory was back in the auditoria with Darling (the kind of title that was once the favourite of B-grade sex flicks). If Aag tanked, this spookfest was no better.. it kept the ticket buying public away .
Though Darling was promoted well with high promo rotation on TV -the songs became popular - it opened to mere 20 to 30 per cent collections. The weekend ticket sales were so low that it's said that the film is being mainly watched by bhoots.
After the upbeat opening of Partner and Heyy Babyy, tradewallas expected Indra Kumar's Dhamaal to take a flying start. That didn't happen. Though it fetched a good opening - 60 per cent in Mumbai, the story was different elsewhere.The film is expected to be an average grosser. The third release Apna Asmaan failed miserably .
Victoria No 203, which opened to a lukewarm response, faced low collections throughout the week. Pooja Bhatt's Dhokha ditto.. since it had some appreciation, the collections were expected to pick up. No luck.
Sajid Khan's Heyy Babyy has grabbed good collections; the figures are best in Mumbai and overseas.
The tax-free tag has proved to be a shot in the arm for Shah Rukh Khan's Chak De! India. It is still doing tremendous business in Mumbai; some multiplexes have even increased the number of daily shows.
This Friday, it's the turn of Samir Karnik's Nanhe Jaisalmer with Bobby Deol and Ananth Mahadevan's Aggar with Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade and Udita Goswami.