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Weekly Box Office Report: South Films Rule Over Bollywood Yet Again

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Film
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expert

Girish
Wankhede

writes
an
exclusive
column
for

Filmibeat
,
analysing
the
films
released
last
week.

The
dismal
performance
of
Hindi
films
continued
in
this
week
as
well.
This
was
the
most
anticipated
week
after
the
COVID-19
lockdowns.
The
Rakhi
festival
holiday
boasted
of
a
major
clash
of
two
big-ticket
entertainers
with
an
Independence
Day
extended
weekend
of
5
days.
The
stakes
were
high
and
both
Laal
Singh
Chaddha
and
Raksha
Bandhan
had
everything
a
potential
blockbuster
aims
for

huge
star
quotient
and
a
robust
marketing
budget
to
complement
the
creativity.
Still,
both
fell
short
of
the
expectations
of
moviegoers
and
the
result
was
disappointing.

While
Laal
Singh
Chaddha
succumbed
to
its
old
school
routine
storytelling
of
uninspiring
characters
and
patchy
outdated
screenplay,
it’s
too-stretched
length
took
a
toll.
Raksha
Bandhan
was
a
cliché
badly
redefined
with
a
regressive
tone.
Both
were
old
wine
in
a
new
or
rather
old
bottle,
which
audiences
rejected
whole
heartedly.
The
boycott
gang
could
not
do
the
harm
which
a
weak
screenplay
did
to
a
starry
venture.

Weekly Box Office Report

Laal
Singh
Chaddha
opened
with
11.50
crores
on
Thursday
which
was
far
less
than
expected
because
it
was
holiday
and
Aamir
Khan’s
film
was
releasing
after
4
years.
Reviews
were
bad
and
so
was
the
word
of
mouth.
It
dropped
to
7
crores
on
Friday
and
then
went
on
to
collect
8.5
crores
on
Saturday.
Sunday
was
9
crore
which
paved
the
way
for
another
debacle.
Monday,
being
Independence
Day
also
could
not
salvage
it
and
it
generated
8.5
crores.
Tuesday
was
dismal
3
crores
and
thus
it
made
47.50
crores
in
6
days
which
is
quite
a
disappointment
considering
the
landing
budget
of
180
crores.

Raksha
Bandhan
looked
far
inferior
compared
to
Laal
Singh
Chaddha
and
was
poised
to
do
great
owing
to
its
timely
emotional
patented
formula.
It
opened
with
8
crores
on
Thursday,
then
reduced
to
6.25
crores
on
Friday
and
then
again
reduced
to
6
crores
on
Saturday.
Sunday
was
7
crores
and
Monday
was
supposed
to
be
bigger.
It
was
6.5
crores
on
Monday,
and
it
crashed
to
2
crores
on
Tuesday.
It
gained
35.75
crores
in
6
days,
which
is
again
a
big
setback
for
an
Akshay
Kumar
film.

Karthikeya
2

Karthikeya
2
is
a
Telugu
adventure
thriller
film
which
was
simultaneously
released
in
Hindi
in
some
pockets.
Sequel
of
the
film
Karthikeya,
this
feature
Nikhil
Siddhartha,
Anupama
Parameswaran
and
Anupam
Kher
and
it
was
released
on
Saturday,
August
13.
The
first
day
was
4.97
crores
for
its
Telugu
version,
5.51
crores
on
day
2
i.e.
on
Sunday,
6.19
crores
on
Monday
and
then
3.08
crores
on
Tuesday
which
totals
to
19.75
crores
for
4
days,
which
is
an
impressive
tally.
The
dubbed
Hindi
version
also
showed
an
upward
trend
and
a
positive
word
of
mouth.
Its
first
day
was
7
lakhs,
second
day
was
28
lakhs
and
then
it
shot
to
1.10
crores
on
third
day.
Its
fourth
day
was
70
lakhs,
and
the
total
was
2.15
crores.
Going
by
the
sudden
PR
push,
the
prospects
of
Karthikeya
2
look
good
in
both
languages.

Gaalipata
2

Gaalipata
2
is
another
Kannada
film
making
waves
after
KGF
and
Vikrant
Rona.
Directed
by
Yogaraj
Bhat,
this
is
the
sequel
of
Gaalipatawhich
was
released
in
2008.
With
an
ensemble
star
cast
of
Ganesh,
Anant
Nag,
Diganth,
Pawan
Kumar,
Vaibhavi
Shandilya
and
Samyuktha
Menon,
this
romantic
comedy
generated
4.5
crores
on
its
opening
day,
5
crores
on
day
2,
6
crores
on
day
3
and
7
crores
on
day
4
making
is
a
hot
favorite
among
trade
analysts.
In
4
days,
it
generated
24.6
crores
which
is
quite
an
impressive
feat.


Viruman

Viruman
is
Tamil
Action
Comedy
featuring
Karthi
and
newcomer
Aditi
Shankar.
Directed
by
M
Muthaiah,
it
was
released
on
12th
August
and
its
first
day
collection
was
1.75
crores.
It
shot
up
to
7.77
crores
on
day
2
and
to
8.87
on
day
3.
It
made
8
crores
on
day
4
and
thus
making
a
total
of
32.14
crores
in
4
days,
it
another
sure
shot
winner.

Thallumala

Another
noteworthy
film
was
Malayalam
language
Thallumala,
which
was
also
released
on
August
12.
Directed
by
Khalid
Rahman,
this
action
comedy
features
Tovino
Thomas,
Kalyani
Priyadarshan
and
Shine
Tom
Chacko.
It
opened
with
3.2
crores
on
its
first
day,
3.4
crores
on
second
day,
3.5
crores
on
third
day
and
2.55
crores
on
fourth
day.
The
total
is
12.65
crores,
and
the
word
of
mouth
is
strong.
This
is
a
good
sign
for
a
small
budget
Malayalam
film.


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