Aamir’s Ghajini set box office collections on fire
Aamir Khan’s ‘’brawny and muscular action hero’’ avatar and the ‘’edge of-the seat’’ thrills in ‘Ghajini’ have fetched for the film the biggest ever opening in Bollywood history, beating this year’s biggest openers ‘Singh Is King’ and ‘Golmaal Returns’.
Initial figures coming from the film trade indicate that the film has grossed nearly Rs 30 crore in just the first two days of its run. Ever since its release on Christmas across the country, ‘Ghajini’ has been running to almost 100 per cent occupancy in theatres across India.
While the film earned over Rs 7 crore from paid previews on December 24, the collections in India on the opening two days were close to Rs 20 crore. With most of the shows for the film at theatres across the country booked for the entire weekend, it is believed that ‘Ghajini’ collections could well touch the figure of Rs 50 crore for the weekend.
Infact, during a trial show for the film on Thursday, Aamir said the box office reports of the film that he had received is that the film is being highly appreciated and the kind of advance bookings for Ghajini is the highest ever for a Hindi feature film because it’s four times more than the previous films.
The film has also opened to a stupendous response in the overseas markets. Sources at Big Pictures, the overseas distributors of ‘Ghajini’, said the film collected close to four million US dollars (approximately Rs 20 crore) from the overseas territories over the Christmas weekend.
In the United States, the film grossed a whopping 9,00,000 US Dollars (nearly Rs 4.5 crore) in just the first three days of its release.
The gross of the film in the US is comparable to that of this year’s biggest blockbuster ‘Singh Is King’. However, considering that ‘Singh is King’ was a film certified for universal exhibition and ‘Ghajini’ has been given a 15 rating (suitable for viewing by those aged 15 and above), the collections of the film in US are nothing short of phenomenal, those in the Big pictures said.
In the United Kingdom, where ‘Ghajini got released on December 26, the film grossed 1.5 lakh British Pounds (Rs 1 crore approx) on Friday alone (which includes 40,000 UK Pounds earned from paid previews on December 25).
In West Asia, the film grossed 2.1 million Dirhams (Rs 3 crore approximately) on the first two days of its screening. Though the film opened in 22 countries across the world this Christmas weekend, sources at the Big Pictures said the collections of the film in US, West Asia and UK were indicative of the excellent response to the film overseas since the earnings in these three markets account for 70 per cent of the film’s collection abroad.
”The response in all the overseas markets has been phenomenal especially if one considers that ‘Ghajini’ is a 15 rated film.
Infact, the collections for the film in the overseas could well set a new benchmark for Hindi films releasing in foreign markets,”the sources said.
Trade analysts say that the unique storyline of the film, revolves around a completely unexplored plot (‘Short Term Memory Loss’), and the mean muscular look and trendy bald stripped hairdo sported by Aamir Khan is drawing audience to the theatres in large numbers.
Trade sources said in view of the unprecedented audience expectation for the film, the multiplexes have been asking the distributors to increase the number of prints. Given the overwhelming response to the film from the audience, Trade analysts believe that ‘Ghajini’ could well turn out to be the Superhit of the year.
Being distributed by Studio 18, ‘Ghajini’ has been released within the country with 1,400 prints. Reliance BIG Pictures, the overseas distributors of the film released it on over 300 prints in 23 countries across the World. The film was released in the UAE with 36 prints, in the US and Canada with 112 prints and the UK with 65 prints.
The film also opened simultaneously in Norway, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. A Geetha Arts production, ‘Ghajini’ is a remake of the South Indian (Tamil language) film with the same title, also directed by A R Murugadoss.
In the Hindi version starring, Aamir Khan features along side South Indian actresses Asin Thottumkal and Jiah Khan, Mohit Ahlawat and Riyaz Khan.
Cinematography is by Ravi K Chandran. Miadu Mantena and Tagore Madhu produced the film.
The songs of the film are already ruling the music charts.
The story of ‘Ghajini’, a unique mix of action, romance, drama and comedy, revolves around a completely unexplored plot (‘Short Term Memory Loss’).
Set and filmed mostly in India, ‘Ghajini’ is a romantic action thriller that explores the life of a businessman Sanjay Singhania, who suffers from short term memory loss following a violent encounter in which his girlfriend Kalpana is killed by some goons.
The story of ‘Ghajini’ is about how the protagonist takes revenge from the killers despite his short term memory loss.
Parts of the film, said to be inspired by the Hollywood film ‘Memento’ starring Guy Pearce, have been shot in the deadpan desert of Namibia and in Cape Town in South Africa.
The film’s music is already a rage in the country with songs like ‘Tu Meri Adhuri Pyas’ and ‘Behka’ dominating the countdown charts of various FM channels and music channels.