Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Grand opening for 'JTHJ', 'SOS'

Trade pundit and exhibitors express confidence that 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' and 'Son Of Sardaar' may soon join Rs.100 crore club.

Grand opening for 'JTHJ', 'SOS' (© Varinder Chawla)

New Delhi: 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' (JTHJ) and 'Son Of Sardaar' (SOS) opened together on Diwali day and both have managed a grand opening. Trade pundit predicts that the movies' box office collection will cross Rs.100 crore mark.

Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif starrer 'JTHJ' was released on 2,500 screens and it has reportedly collected Rs.15.23 crore all over India. The Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt starrer 'SOS' collected Rs.10.72 crore from 2,000 screens in the country.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh says it is the "best Diwali for Bollywood".

"In mass circuits, 'SOS' is ahead and at multiplexes, 'JTHJ' takes a lead. As per early trends, 'JTHJ' is ahead of 'SOS' in India. But, both are winners at the box-office. This is the biggest and best Diwali for Bollywood. The business of 'JTHJ' and 'SOS' will be the biggest ever," Adarsh tweeted.

Rajesh Thadani, Multimedia Combines, Mumbai, told us that both films are doing very well.

" 'Son Of Sardaar' is doing well in single screens and 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' is doing well in multiplexes. Looking at the reports, I am sure 'SOS' will pick up and do well in a couple of days," he added.

There has been a lot of pre-release buzz around both 'JTHJ' and 'SOS'. Plus they have the advantage of festive occasion and extended weekend to mint more money.

Anant Verma, director and business head of DT Cinemas, told us: "Both the films have opened well with almost equal occupancy at our cinemas. We gave equal capacity and almost same number of shows to both. We are looking at a decent occupancy till Sunday. Friday morning shows will dip a little, but overall till Sunday all cinemas will do well. Families, youngsters and couples are coming to watch 'SOS' and 'JTHJ'."

Produced by Aditya Chopra, late filmmakers Yash Chopra's last directorial 'JTHJ' has reportedly been made at a budget of Rs.50 crore, while director Ashwni Dhir's 'SOS' said to be costlier with Rs.80 crore expenses.

Sanjay Ghai of Mukta Arts predicts the films to cross Rs.100 crore collection mark.

"They have the potential to cross Rs.100 crore. Yesterday both the films opened at 90 percent occupancy, which was expected and today both 'JTHJ' and 'SOS' are going houseful," Ghai told us.

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