Robot surpasses all records of box-office collections in the opening weekend

Rajinikanth creates hysteria with Robot; Hindi-speaking territories to offer more shows

Forget Dabangg or 3Idiots, Rajinikanth-starrer Robot is set to rule Indian cinema with its whopping collections in the opening weekend. According to trade pundits, the film has collected Rs95 crore from the combined ticket sales of all three versions in the opening weekend. If you add the ticket sales from overseas, it rises to a record Rs100 crore.

"In the opening weekend, all the three versions of Robot have together collected Rs95 crore, which is the highest-ever in India. If you add the overseas figures, the total collections will increase probably by another Rs7 crore-Rs8 crore," said Komal Nahta, founder-editor of Koimoi.com.

The film is expected to generate at least about Rs120 crore-Rs130 crore more from ticket sales, Mr Nahta added. Just a month ago, Dabangg, with gross collections of Rs48.25 crore at the opening weekend, surpassed
3Idiots who raked in approximately Rs41 crore in the same period. But all this is history now. Robot has remade the box-office record in its own inimitable style.

The USP of the film is "everything", including the special effects and Rajni Sir, according to Mr Nahta. Even those who haven't watched the film are gung-ho about the movie and plan to watch it in the days to come.

Piyush Pandey, executive chairman and national creative director of Ogilvy India, said, "Though I don't want to comment on something I haven't seen, but I can tell you a very dear friend of mine who is the chairman of Lowe, R Balki (director of Paa), met me a day before yesterday. He has seen it in Tamil and said it's fantastic. So, I would like to test his judgement. I will definitely watch it. Such a phenomenon should be seen. The person second to Mr Bachchan is only Mr Rajinikanth. They are the actual fathers of (the) movie (industry) in the country. So, I will definitely see it."

Though Robot was released with a record 2,250 prints and has created hysteria in south India and all over the world including Dubai and Malaysia, in Hindi speaking territories, the shows were few, less than one-third of the shows given to its competitive-release Anjaana Anjaani. But the rave reviews and positive publicity Robot has generated is set to change the trend, Mr Nahta said. "Rajinikanth doesn't run other than in South India. But now hall owners have realised that the movie is a hit and will get more shows in the second week."

Even Mr Pandey agreed with this. He said, "We are not a country but a continent. Regional differences will be there. Mr Rajinikanth will not be what Mr Bachchan is in the Hindi-speaking belt. So Mr Bachchan will not be what Mr Rajinikanth is in those areas."

So is the new record going to change the landscape of Indian cinema and set a new precedent? Mr Pandey differs. He told Moneylife, "These things (box-office collections) are very difficult to evaluate (in the context of) one film against the other. Because of the differences in the ticket rate and circumstances in the days of Sholay or DDLJ compared to now. But, obviously it is hugely successful. I can't compare one against the other. It's like comparing Sachin Tendulkar with Don Bradman."

Robot is the most expensive Indian film ever made with a price tag of Rs150 crore. The robots used in the movie cost around Rs4.8 crore each, according to a press release from the Sun Network. About Rs60 crore has been spent on special effects. The climax has been shot on a set that cost Rs5 crore where Rajinikanth fights with 100 robots that are similar to him.
 

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Karthi

7 years ago

Accept the truth that rajini is only superstar

knirmala rao

8 years ago

it is very important in feature................so please how desine on robo .........plese send me

hotgirl

8 years ago

100 crores in one week ?publicity stunt which canot be known as well as RAJNI and SHANKAR
howit can be in bollywood with knowing who is RAJNI much?
SOUTH INDIAN MEGASTAR Chiranjeevi ,JAI Chiranjeeva..jai..jai... Chiranjeeva

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deepak

In Reply to hotgirl 8 years ago

i 2 agree wid u. jai chiranjeva.

uttam

8 years ago

you are too beautiful

Kenny Kor

8 years ago

Inspite of big hit, why there is no publicity on TV and other print media??? why there is no mention in any news channel so far like they did in case of Dabangg & 3 idiots? Is Tamil or Telegu films not considered under Bollywood.??? Pls help me understand.

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amit

In Reply to Kenny Kor 8 years ago

South Indian films are not considered under Bollywood. only Hindi films are under Bollywood. South Indian film industry is referred as " Tollywood".

dhatri

In Reply to amit 8 years ago

South indian people are bloddy fucker . They suck . Balls .
They need a reality check . Neither they know hindi neither are the able to speak english properly .

Siva

In Reply to dhatri 8 years ago

Why the hell we need to learn hindi. Read what our countries constitution says and then come back and write any blunder ... English ... come down here if you have guts and check.

ARUN

8 years ago

THE MOVIE IS THE BEST OF ITS KIND. VISUAL QUALITY IS AT ITS BEST. AAMIR ONCE SAID THAT "THERE SHOULD BE FREEDOM TO IMAGINE THEN COMES EXECUTION TO MAKE A GREAT FILM" HE ALSO ADDED THAT IN INDIA FREEDOM TO IMAGINE IS A VICTIM OF FEAR OF SUCCESS. NOW AAMIR STANDS BY ROBOT AND SUPPORTS IT. "AAMIR WANTS TO EAT THE BRAIN OF DIRECTOR SHANKAR" SAID AMITABH. AAMIR THUS SHOWED HOW HE IS A MAN WITH NO REGIONAL PREJUDICES AND A MAN WHO APPRECIATES GOOD WORKS QUITE UNAASUMINGLY. HIS ADMIRATION IS "THE BIGGEST CREDIT" FROM NORTH INDIA FOR A TAMIL MOVIE.

lenin

8 years ago

If the writer sujatha is alive ,he might have fine tuned the story ,it was written long ago,it should have updated to the latest trend.

anil

8 years ago

Awesome movie. Hatsoff to Superstar RAJNI, Shankar, Aishwarya rai

rajni

8 years ago

this is the worst creation and movie that hardly any one could even think of...

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shamanth

In Reply to rajni 8 years ago

rajni is just an isiot.......movie is superb....just watch atleast to fulfill ur heart.........its superb

Coolie

8 years ago

This is the worst film I have ever seen and people comparing it with Hollywood lol bullshit

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sudhir

In Reply to Coolie 8 years ago

Please .. imediately go to the doctor give a check to your brain if ther's any ....

shankar

8 years ago

Our Rajinikant Deva is Great...
He holds the first place in Indian cenema and after him all actors follows

ramchandran

8 years ago

its a tremendous achievement . The Director's vision is commendable. Kudos to him for getting the cast right. Its a role which no one else except SUPERSTAR RAJNIKANT!!! could have essayed

raga

8 years ago

money only different our film and hollywood film. give me money to indian directors he will beat Hollywood and world film.
thanks for watching this movie

mark

8 years ago

see adout enthiran

dhruvkumar

8 years ago

well done rajnikant
and ashwairya rai

you rock the world

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Should box-office collections be the yardstick to judge a film’s success?

Dabangg beats 3 Idiots in opening weekend box-office collections but does that makes it a better and more successful film? Moneylife dwells on parameters that should categorise a movie as a successful one

If Aamir Khan can do it, Salman Khan can do it better. Salman Khan's latest flick Dabangg surpassed Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots in terms of box-office collections in the opening weekend. The film continues to do well in the weekdays and register full house status in the night shows in most theatres across the country. With this stupendous performance rarely seen in recent times, does it gives Dabangg the status of the most successful film till date? Should box-office collections be taken as a yardstick to differentiate one film from the other? Moneylife dwells on parameters that should categorise a movie as successful.

If you check the most successful films this year in terms of box-office collections in the opening weekend - Dabangg and Akshay Kumar-starrer Housefull - you'll find a common thread that runs through the heart of these two films. It's the wavering storyline or the lack of it. While Housefull attempts to tickle the funny bone through some slapstick comedy, Dabangg rides solely on Salman Khan's shoulders and his portrayal of a corrupt officer - Chulbul "Robinhood" Pandey.

Where these two films managed to score was in their smart promotions, some skin show, timing of their release, and lack of good entertaining movies in theatres. The smart Dabangg's teaser got everybody hooked and with Salman attending almost every reality show aired on the idiot box, he made sure his brother's debut production at least got a decent opening. While Dabangg cashed in on the twin festivity of Eid and Ganapati, Housefull managed to rake in the moolah by releasing the prints soon after IPL 3.

Let's go back about nine months. On 25th December last year, 3 Idiots not only rewrote box office records but changed the perception of every youth pursuing a career while making parents think of allowing their wards to choose their own destiny. But concentrating on collections and getting the maximum footage, one will recollect that 3 Idiots managed the highest television viewer ratings (TVRs) in recent times when it was premiered worldwide on television recently. Boosted by the TVRs from 3 Idiots, the channel zoomed to the third position of Hindi general entertainment channels in India. 3 Idiots did reasonably well when it was premiered again on another channel one month later.

But for a common moviegoer who wants his money's worth and two hours of complete entertainment, both Dabangg and 3 Idiots score on this count. But three or six months down the line, will the movie command the same audience and ratings, if it is premiered on the small screen? 3 Idiots has proved it but will Dabangg? Fingers are crossed. Again the success of a film is determined through its repeat audience. Many people can claim that they might have watched 3 idiots more than once and would watch it again if time permits. Can the same be said about the two top grossers this year?

Now, let's do a simple exercise. Close your eyes and try to recollect the first thing that comes to your mind when you say or think about 3 Idiots. "Aal Izz Well". Repeat this exercise with Dabangg. What do you see? Salman getting topless when his shirt gets ripped off due to his flexing of muscles in anger on hearing about his mother's murder. What's the difference between the two? While the story, plot and message in 3 Idiots rise above the impressive star cast, Dabangg revolves only around Salman, his bared torso in the climax, his thin moustache. So it's the soul in 3 Idiots that keeps the movie alive even about one year after its release.

Another aspect that keeps a movie alive for ages is its scenes and dialogues and gets repeat audiences even years after its release. "Kitne aadmee the," "mere pass ma hain," "tussi ja rahe hon, tussi na jao," need no introduction as the dialogues have become synonymous with the movies. These dialogues have constantly found usage in common parlance to add humour to a dull conversation.

But check this out. "Hum tumme etne ched karenge kee confuse ho jayoge, kee saas kaha se le aur p*** kaha se" is the best dialogue in Dabangg in terms of getting the most applause and seetis (whistles) from the audience. But the hero doesn't utter the "p***" word again in the same dialogue used in the last scene. It is anybody's guess whether one would dare uttering the dialogue in public or with company.

But for the time being, it's Dabangg all the way with its "dabangg" or fearless kind of cinema. A sequel to Dabangg is in the pipeline. It might score another "dabangg" record at the box office, but the debate on what can be called a better and successful film will keep raging on.

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Shubho

8 years ago

Hey Vihang....I think ur comment was the best amongst the lot....it also should remind the critic 'Ashok Shaw' the aspect that will keep 'Dabangg' alive for ages is its scenes and dialogues like 'KAMAAL KARTE HO!'.... so Mr. Ashok Shaw, before cristicising a film or a star first you learn to exrcise on the topic first and pen through it....otherwise you cannot become a good critic....

Shashank

8 years ago

3 i gives us something to take home,a complete movie. Dabangg means Salman ,Salman, and Salman.

akram khan

8 years ago

dabangg is the best movie. salmaan is best actor.

Asif Iqbal

8 years ago

Dabangg is the magical movie of bollywood, go and enjoy.
If you are really interested towards entertainment rather than message and all you must go for it.

Bipin Nair

8 years ago

Let us not detract the fact that 'Dabangg' is a good entertainer and also the first thing that comes to the mind when we speak of Dabangg is not Salman bare chested. It is the name 'Robin Hood Pandey'. Had the movie flopped the same writer would have criticized Salman for his poor role selection and all the bad things about the movie.

razaq

8 years ago

Salaman khan played a good role in dabanagg. both film dabangg and 3 idots concept is different. dabangg is acahar but 3 idiots is lesson for youth generation

Khan

8 years ago

Dabang is sure to be all time blockbuster, Critics are jealous of Salman success. They want to create money by critise his film. If salman pays them money then they will start praising for all his movies.

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adil

In Reply to Khan 8 years ago

very true

inam

8 years ago

Sallu bhai Tussi Great Ho....

Eric

8 years ago

By this hypothesis we can even say that Sholay falls in the line of the mindless entertainment that you have accused Dabangg of being. Lets face it most of Big B's movies were masala flicks which gave the tired,resentful and poverty stricken masses 3 hours of entertainment in which they shed all their troubles, saw themselves wooing the rich man's daughter, standing up to the rich and elite class and fighting the local goon. Reality be damned. Isn't living in reality enough that they have to experience it in the movies too? Aamir Khan's was truly a class apart but lets not appreciate it by knocking off Salman's Dabangg. The success of Dabangg has proved that once in a while the audience does want something that is not always thought provoking but just entertaining.

Shoab

8 years ago

Yes dabangg is too good movie than 3 idiots.
Salman is more succesful actor than all bollywood actors.
Superstar is always superstar.
i think salman khan will be a megastar in future.

Raak

8 years ago

Ashok Shaw, watch american pies you wil lforget 3 idiots...<br />

Srshah

8 years ago

Everyone keeps going on abt the lack of story in dabangg but what message did 3idiots give. The students messed about, didn't study hard and p***ed outside the principals house - yet when they got disciplined the principal was made out to be the bad guy! The movie didn't lay any responsibility on the main characters plus I found samir very patronising n felt I was being lectured. Munnabhai movies are way better then 3 idiots and dabangg. If aamir was in dabangg everyone wud be raving abt it but cos it's a salman movie it has to be classed as no story n stupid and appeals only to lower classes! One point - hardly any bollywood movie has a story!!!!

vihang

8 years ago

KAMAL KARTE HO AAP SAB LOG DONO FILMO KI COMPAR KARKE........COMPARE SE YAAD AAYA THERE IS NO COMPARISON OF DABANGG WITH ANYBODY.....

Dev

8 years ago

We felt really good and uplifted while watching 3 idiots..And again we had a ball while watching Dabangg..Salman in full form..only he could play Chulbul Pandey with such ease and elan..I have loved both the films!

ANR

8 years ago

It is meaningless if one is up to compare Dabangg with 3 Idiots. They are totally different films and both good films. There is no need to say that Dabangg is an ACHAAR. If Dabangg is Achaar, what is 3 Idiots. Dabangg concerns with politics and 3 Idiots with education. Both Politics and Education are aspects of our lives. These films conveyed their massages in different ways.
It is true that one goes to watch a movie for entertainment. No one says "I am going to watch a movie for education." But if a movie gives some lessons of life, it is better.
After all, film makers make films with economic purposes. To make their efforts successful, they try in different ways of entertainment. This is the truth.

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