Shah Rukh Khan’s first movie of the year Billu Barber, which is now being called just Billu, has done fairly well during the first weekend. The movie grossed Rs.13.5 crores during it’s first week run in India but has been a poor show overseas.

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Billu was, however, expected to be a bigger money-grosser at the box office because of the star cast, direction and of course the hype. It has been good in the metro cities, but just an average in the smaller cities, which surprised me as the movie is set in a village.

Released at 105 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru Eros International Media Pvt. Ltd.), Billu had a dull start and the opening shows saw a weak opening at the remaining places. However, a spurt in collections was noticed as the day progressed. Saturday and Sunday saw the collections jump to 70 percent and at places even 80 percent.

The real star was Dev D, which saw a very healthy run at the box office, netting Rs.8.5 crores in a week. The thing to note is that the movie was made with a budget of just Rs.6 crores so the producers are in for a profit after the first week only.

The other two releases of the same week as Dev D, Govinda’s Chal Chala Chal and Madhureeta Anand’s Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, have met with dismal to poor fates. Chal Chala Chal has netted a shockingly low 75 lakhs and is washout.

Even Delhi 6 had a good opening and is looking forward to the next week. The movie is an average one but is quite talked about which might be helpful. It is quite early to comment on it’s run at this time. Luck By Chance had a terrific first week but got swayed away by the new releases in the later ones and has been branded a flop.

Photos: Eros International