Round One: Krrish beats KANK in India, loses abroad slightly

Karan Johar's latest movie at the turnstiles the most talked about Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK) managed the biggest weekend opening ever abroad for a Bollywood box office juggernaut, but could maintain....

By N Anandhi (Contributor)

Published: Tue 22 Aug 2006, 10:44 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:28 PM

the pace a trifle too long.In a four day weekend from August 11 - 13, 2006 KANK made collected £ 749,243 from UK, $ 1,351,786 from the US and Australia $ 235,016 while playing Down Under.

Eyebrows were raised realistically about the possible performance of KANK on a constant basis. An overzealous journalist even posed a query to Karan on whether KANK would do Rs 960 million since Krrish managed 690 billion in its first week. The collections of Krrish stood at close to100 per cent and KANK fell at the last lap.

We checked the figures across the country and found that despite getting close to 90 per cent in some Indian centres, KANK had a great fall, something that Mahesh Bhatt attributes to the attempted building of emotions and creation of dramatic elements that fell through. Krrish in comparison has already crossed over Rs 174 crores in eight solid weeks and is expected to do better before the weekend.

'Atleast Krrish promised a lot of things that were different from what other films have been doing. And Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna certainly gave you a feeling that maybe you have seen the same stuff somewhere before. I haven't seen both these movies, but do feel that the audience wants different stuff today,' says Bhatt.

Madhur Bhandarkar feels that there are a lot of people who do not come to see stars today. 'One of my films which had a huge starcast failed to recover its money and another film which had no stars managed to do so. The audience too is getting divided. A film like Corporate did well in the centres it was destined to do and thus made its money. Similarly KANK will recover money from where it is supposed to make and do well.

People won't lose money on the film.'

But some Indian exhibitors are saying that KANK would cost them around 30 per cent of their investments.

But KANK collections are falling across the world.

Now to wait for a week more to get a clearer picture.

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