With an opening weekend collection of Rs 43 crores, Sajid Khan's multi-starrer has opened big even in the IPL season.
Call it Sajid Khan's confidence or arrogance, but his claims that his film Housefull 2 will be a blockbuster hit turned out to be true, like all his past claims. Despite releasing his film at the onset of IPL, Housefull 2 started on a very strong note and ensured houseful boards outside many cinema-halls. The film earned Rs 43 crores over its opening weekend. With this figure, Housefull 2 is the second biggest opening of the year after Agneepath. The multi-starrer managed to draw in audiences in vast numbers thereby assuring good business. What added to its advantage is that there was no other opposition to it at the box-office.
In that respect the film should have another decent week at the box office what with the competition being quite weak in comparison. The coming Friday sees the release of a low-budget Hindi-Marathi bilingual Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein (Kashala Udyachi Baat in Marathi) starring Anupam Kher and Sachin Khedekar in lead roles. The second release is Kumar Mangat's Bittoo Boss where he is trying to re-launch his daughter Amita Pathak after her past few failed attempts. The film introduces Pulkit Samrat as the male lead who starred in TV soaps some years back.
Top Hindi Films this Week
Film: Housefull 2
Director: Sajid Khan
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, John Abraham, Mithun Chakravarthy
Upside: Akshay Kumar and Ritiesh Deshmukh's impeccable comic timing, entertaining second half, good music, some good funny moments
Downside: John Abraham's bad comic timing, some silly and slapstick jokes, no plot in first half
Running Week: 1
Trade Comments: The film opened to fabulous response collecting Rs 43 crores in its opening weekend, qualifying to be the second biggest opening of the year after Agneepath. While there was no other opposition for the film at the box-office, even IPL did not deter the prospects of Housefull 2 much.
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Upside: Good story, smart suspense, fascinating performances, brilliant climax, technically proficient
Downside: Practically nothing
Running Week: 5
Box-Office Verdict: Super Hit
Film: Blood Money
Director: Vishal S Mahadkar
Cast: Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri, Manish Chaudhary
Upside: Good music
Downside: Outdated plot, no insight on diamond trade backdrop, predictable to the core, uninspiring performances
Running Week: 2
Trade Comments: Fizzled down in its second week.
Film: Agent Vinod
Director: Sriram Raghavan
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor
Upside: Decent performances, good music, entertaining only in parts
Downside: Manipulative and convoluted screenplay, too larger than life, no suspense element, lame climax
Running Week: 3
Box-Office Verdict: Flop
Film: Paan Singh Tomar
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill
Upside: Irrfan Khan brilliant performance and an interesting premise
Downside: Falls slack towards the end
Running Week: 6
Box-Office Verdict: Hit