Box Office: RGV’s Rann Screwed; Ishqiya Saved

Ram Gopal Varma’s Friday release Rann has received the middle finger from Bollywood fans at the U.S. box office while Ishqiya, which debuted on far fewer screens here, has fared well.

What probably crushed Rann (Amitabh Bachchan, Sudeep, Mohnish Behl, Rajat Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh) at the box office was the poor reviews it received at the hands of Indian movie critics while Ishqiya (Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan) won mostly favorable reviews.

The below table provides a comparative perspective of how Rann and Ishqiya have fared at the U.S. box office  vis-a-vis other prominent Bollywood films:

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6 Responses to "Box Office: RGV’s Rann Screwed; Ishqiya Saved"

  1. satya   February 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I watched rann on friday in Regal cinemas 18 at 9:20 pm. There were hardly anyone in the theatre. So, RGV rises from grave to see his Rann become a dud at BO!! Responds:

    We watched Rann in Regal on Saturday evening…there were about 15-18 people.

    Per theatre average for Rann is just about 50% of Ishqiya. Pitiful.

  2. logu   February 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    he’s the only silver lining in the otherwise dark cloudings of indian movies Responds:

    We’ll likely surrender our cheapo desi instincts and buy the Slumdog Millionaire DVD.

  3. logu   February 1, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Carry the legacy that Bush left Obama!!!!! Great Job well done considering all the tax payers money are gonna be used to promote terrorism by pak. Incredible job!!!
    Now there’s gonna be a debate, who’s worst among the two by the times he completes his term Responds:

    You write: Now there’s gonna be a debate, who’s worst among the two by the times he completes his term

    You mean first term, right?

    The way things are going, we don’t see Obama winning a second term.

  4. kd36939   February 2, 2010 at 12:27 am

    i wanna come to east coast n watch these movies 🙁

    did u watch stoneman murders? though not a great movie, its watchable. i guess kay kay menon is one of the better actors in bollywood. His Black Friday is a must watch. take my word… watch that movie, if you don’t like it i’ll send you $15 through paypal 😉 Responds:

    We watched Black Friday (pre-SI blog review) a few years back in NYC.

    Haven’t seen Stoneman Murders.

  5. Jyoti Ramakrishnan   February 9, 2010 at 2:13 am

    I don’t see the IShqiya and Rann box office numbers you have up here on Responds:


    Bet you can’t see a lot of other things as well!

    In the table source, we also mentioned New York Times.

  6. Jyoti Ramakrishnan   February 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Make up your mind. Either boxofficemojo or new York times. Responds:

    We use both. The numbers are the same.

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