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Heroes Box-office Report Of The Week
By Abid (c)2008

Upcoming : The coming Friday will see two prestigious projects, Samir Karnik's Heroes and Jugal Hansraj's Roadside Romeo vying for honours. Boasting of some of the top names of the industry, constituting of the younger (Sohail Khan and Bobby Deol), the middle (Salman and Preity) and the senior brigade (Mithun Chakraborty and Sunny Deol), Heroes is all set for a good start, both at the multiplexes and the single-screens. While Yash Raj Films' animated Roadside Romeo may not start with a bang, but due to the fact that it is a quality product, carrying good reports, it is likely to pick up, based on good word of mouth.

Last Friday's initial reports : The dull opening of Himesh Reshammiya's second film as an actor, Satish Kaushik's Karzzzz, has shocked the trade, considering that it was extremely well promoted. The film is for the single–screens and the masses, but business from them is not enough to justify the heavy prices at which the Himesh–Urmila starrer has been sold.

The oldies :  After a good to fair opening, Percept Picture Company's Hello, dropped badly. Still,  netting around 10 crores from India, the Atul Agnihotri directed Hello will not be a losing preposition for its worldwide distributors, due to its reasonable procurement price.

All hopes of Sanjay Gadhvi's Dutt, Imran and Minissha starrrer Kidnap, getting to at least a recovery level vanished as the collection fell heavily. Netting 22.50 crores from India in two weeks, Kidnap is a losing preposition for its worldwide distributors, Studio 18, though the producers Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision made a neat table profit by selling it to the above mentioned distributors.

The sad fate of Goldie Behl's Jaya, Abhishek, Priyanka and Kay Kay starrer Drona was obvious. The only question was how much the loss could be reduced. Unfortunately, the film saw one of the biggest crash of the year. Netting a poor 11.85 crores in two weeks from India,  Drona is a trade disaster.

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