A sequel to 2004 Masti, Grand Masti, brought Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh and Aftab Shivdasani back together once again as they get trapped in the extra marital web. The film received an overwhelming response on its opening day in terms of collections at the box office, and has become the fourth highest opener of 2013. On its first day, it collected Rs.12.51 crore nett at the box-office, on Saturday it got Rs 13.21 crore and on Sunday Rs 14.46 crore taking the weekend total to Rs 40.18 crore.
“Grand Masti has done excellent business, from a flying start on Friday to a super strong Sunday. Now, one has to see if it maintains decent collections in the coming week,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra.
The Indra Kumar directorial venture was preferred by both the multiplex and single screen audiences. Regarding its performance in G7 multiplex, Manoj Desai says, “The film looses out on family audiences, but we saw a lot of young crowd pouring in. In fact, all the shows from Friday to Sunday were housefull.” At Cinepolis India, the film received an average pan-India occupancy of 90 per cent.
While Grand Masti opens to a good response, Mehra points out a drawback in the film’s overall business. He says, “The only hitch is that it costs the principal distributor Rs.35 crore. Plus, it is an adult film, therefore the recovery from satellite will be difficult. Collections from music and home video is too insignificant. Also, the movie has been banned in UAE, so it has to at least make Rs.70 crore nett to recover.”
Last week saw the release of Vikram Bhatt’s Horror Story and Naseeruddin Shah starrer John Day. While both the films turned out to be a disaster, Horror Story did better business as compared to John Day.
“We gave two shows each at Gemini and Galaxy for Horror Story. While Gemini had 100 per cent occupancy, the latter received 80 per cent average occupancy over the weekend,” says Desai. His G7 and Maratha Mandir (single screen) could not accommodate John Day.
At Cinepolis, both John Day and Horror