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Jai Gangaajal takes a slow start at the box-office


This week’s new releases are Priyanka Chopra starrer Jai Gangaajal and Vicky Kaushal-Sarah Jane Dias starrer Zubaan. Among the Hollywood releases are the animated film Zootopia and action films London Has Fallen and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. This also marks the end of the second week and beginning of the third week run of Sonam Kapoor starrer Neerja.
Receiving a wide release in over 2600 screens nationwide and 300 screens overseas, Prakash Jha’s directorial Jai Gangaajal opened with low occupancies in the early shows, within 10 to 15 per cent, with the most traction in central Indian regions and in Uttar Pradesh. With favourable reviews coming its way, the film requires a huge jump in collections in the evening shows to notch a healthy total, with Rs 4 crore looking like the most achievable figure based on early trends.The musical romance Zubaan has been unable to bring viewers into the theatres and has been a washout in the early shows. Of the Hollywood releases, Zootopia poses the most competition but is unlikely to impact the domestic box-office in a big way.When it comes to last week’s releases, Aligarh and Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive, neither of them were able to make a strong impact at the box-office.Despite rave reviews and praise from within the industry, Aligarh notched a poor total on the weekend and this position didn’t improve over the week. Closing its first week collections with Rs 2.50 crore in hand, the earnings are unlikely to grow from here and the film may close at a figure of Rs 2.75 crore. Tere Bin Laden suffered a similar fate, closing first week collections at Rs 3.75 crore, with no growth witnessed through the weekdays.The star of the show thus far has been Neerja, which has been the frontrunner in theatres for over two weeks now. Beginning the second week on a high with figures of Rs 14.80 crore on the second weekend, the film’s earnings saw a marginal drop on Monday, with Rs 2.12 crore at the end of the day. The week’s figures follocrore wed in the same vein with Rs 1.90 crore on Tuesday, Rs 1.85 crore on Wednesday and Rs 1.76 crore on Thursday. With a second week total of Rs 22.43 crore, the film’s domestic collections now stand at Rs 57.75 crore. Doing steady business overseas, the film has earned Rs 20.61 crore by the end of two weeks, taking the overall earnings to Rs 78.36

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