Dec 20, 2008

Entertainment - Rab Ne on way to becoming a big hit

MUMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, which was released worldwide on December 12, has grossed Rs90 crore in its opening week, which is on a par with and in some places even higher than two of the highest opening-week grossers till date: Om Shanti Om and Singh Is Kinng.

The film's producer Yash Raj Films claimed that Rab Ne... had also broken all earlier opening-week collection records for the banner, having surpassed the opening week collections of Dhoom: 2 which is regarded as one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

The total collection for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in India is around Rs42 crore net (gross Rs70 crore). The total gross collection for all overseas markets is over $4 million (around Rs20 crore), a Yash Raj Films statement said.

In West Asia, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi has broken all previous records for first week collections, netting just under $1.3 million. The previous highest grossing film in the Gulf, which has a sizeable Indian expatriate population, was Dhoom: 2, which grossed approximately $1.86 million in its entire run.

Rab Ne..., a romantic film directed by Aditya Chopra and featuring newcomer Anushka Sharma, is on course to break this all-time record going into its second week, the statement claimed.

The film has also had a grand opening week across overseas markets, including the UK, USA, Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and features in the list of highest grossers for the opening week in most of these territories.

"The film has the potential to finish as one of the biggest blockbusters of all time," the producer's statement said.