Don leads the way while Jaanemann follows
Both the films released with a bang during the Diwali/Eid week and while Don took off at break neck pace, Jaanemann followed at a slightly slower pace. However while the critics may have given SRK’s Don a medium response, overseas the SRK starrer seems to be doing great. Just a week into the film and the overseas collections are hitting an all time high with Don. In fact it is being said that the first week collections of Don may make it one of the top three grosser’s in Hindi Cinema Overseas. However as for Jaanemann, the film began to slowly and surely rise post the Eid period.
According to sources in the UK, Don’s collection for the first week has been a little more than USD 1 million which is the highest ever Diwali opening for any film, in the US the film had made an approximate of USD 1.2 million. And in the Gulf countries the collection for Don is 3.45 million Dirham again the highest for a Hindi film ever. Finally even in Australia and South Africa, Don film collections were pegged as the highest record for a Hindi film.
So the verdict of Don overseas has been phenomenal. SRK’s NRI popularity has always been great and one of the highest as compared to any other bollywood hero, but this time what clinched the deal were the Diwali/Eid celebrations which lifted the collections up further. The final figure that Don has managed to make overseas is an amazing 75 crores. Shahrukh also recently launched Don’s mobile game which is India's first ever Multiplayer Online game along with Hungama Mobile and Excel Entertainment. The gaming portal www.gaminghungama.com can be visited by one and all.
Salman’s Jaanemann has not received favourable responses from media critics; nonetheless it is the box-office collections which give the best results. The film began with a very mediocre response but post Eid celebrations the film has picked up tremendously. A large section of the actors fans were following the fasting ritual where they abstain from watching films etc and also on Eid and a day later people generally prefer to spend time bonding with the family rather than catching up on a movie. But now with Jaanemann in its second week, the film is gradually picking up and showing a steady climb. The advance bookings for the second week are full and the film is safely making it to the hit status. Salman Khan is no doubt the USP of the film; the songs too are catching on with audiences.
So while Don can be called the clear winner in terms of box-office success, Jaanemann too is definitely a hit with the masses in India.