Audience were all geared up to watch ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ this weekend before the makers decided to push the film ahead by a week in wake of court ruling on Ayodhya land. This means that there is not a single movie releasing this week as well, just as was the case over the week gone by.
One would have felt that the ‘Dabangg’ wave would subside by the time ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ releases since the Salman Khan starrer would have already enjoyed a strong two week run. However, the postponement of ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ means a few more crores added to the kitty of Arbaaz Khan.
The film has already crossed 100 crores at the box office and is still counting. It is not every month that a big film gets a three week open run. However, ‘Dabangg’ is pretty much enjoying that now with no new releases for third week in succession. Also, since single screens have been continuing to do fantastic business and the film now reaching smaller towns as well, ‘Dabangg’ is looking at humungous collections that could well reach the 150 crores mark.
Meanwhile, the moving ahead of ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ has resulted in the release calendar being disturbed. ‘Aakrosh’, which was originally supposed to arrive on 1st October, has now been pushed ahead to 8th October in order to avoid competition. ‘Crook’ has continued to stick to it’s 8th October release though. ‘A Flat’ has wisely decided to move to November though in order to find some breathing space for itself.
One waits to see whether the biggies on 15th October (Knock Out, Jhoota Hi Sahi) see any movement because ‘Rakta Charitra – I’ (as of now) is sticking to its 22nd October plans.
With a dozen odd more releases, all will most likely fit into October though since November would be dominated by Diwali releases ‘Action Replayy’ and ‘Golmaal 3′.
– Joginder Tuteja / Sampurn Wire