Box office collections take a nosedive even after four releases

Four Hindi releases last Friday - 'Tamanchey', 'Jigariyaa', 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' and 'Spark' - struggle to find takers even as 'Bang Bang' and 'Haider' collections slow down

Box office collections took a nosedive in the weekend gone by as the four Friday releases last Friday bit the dust at the ticket windows. Tamanchey, Jigariyaa, Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami and Spark have failed to lure the audience to theatres.

Despite favourable reviews, Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami has collected only a few lakhs
Despite favourable reviews, Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami has collected only a few lakhs

Exhibitor Rajesh Thadani said, "The total collection of the four films is only about Rs 2.5 crore. Tamanchey and Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami have collected the major share, around Rs 1 crore, while the other two have managed to collect only a few lakhs."

Meanwhile, Bang Bang and Haider, which released on October 2, continue to do good business, although it is a tad slow. Trade analyst Amod Mehra said, "Haider had a slow start at the box office and picked up gradually. However, that film and Bang Bang saw a major drop in the last week. They still have to do a lot of business to enter into the safe zone.

They have two more weeks to rake in the money till Happy New Year hits the theatres on October 24." Another trade analyst, Komal Nahata, said while Bang Bang has collected about Rs 150 crore at the box office, Haider had made approximately Rs 45 crore. He said: "The numbers are not good enough, especially for Bang Bang, which is a big budget film. We have no big releases for a fortnight so these two films still stand to benefit a little more."

Vishal Anand of Fun Cinemas said the coming week, too, would be dull given the release line-up. "The sole saving grace of October 2014 will be Happy New Year," he added.

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