'Kambakkht Ishq' grosses Rs.1 bn in first week

Despite mixed reviews for its weak storyline, Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor starrer romantic comedy 'Kambakkht Ishq' has grossed Rs.100 crore (Rs.1 billion) at the box office in its first week.

Saturday, July 11, 2009 | 12:56:26 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Despite mixed reviews for its weak storyline, Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor starrer romantic comedy 'Kambakkht Ishq' has grossed Rs.100 crore (Rs.1 billion) at the box office in its first week.

Distributed worldwide by Eros with around 2,000 prints worldwide, 'Kambakkht...' hit more than 1,400 screens in India and about 600 overseas in a combination of prints and digital format.

Kambakth IshqDirected by debutant Sabbir Khan, it released across India as well as in Pakistan, Britain, US, Australia, Europe, South Africa, Fiji Islands, the Middle East and Malaysia, among others.

Released July 3, the film opened to extraordinary advance bookings courtesy its unprecedented buzz and has brought a new lease of life for Akshay's flagging career after two major duds 'Chandni Chowk To China' and '8X10 Tasveer'.

'Kambakkht Ishq' is doing exceedingly well in all the overseas markets. All major markets like US, Gulf, Australia and even Pakistan have shown extraordinary box office performance in first week,' said Pranab Kapadia, president of Eros International in a statement released here Friday.

Kapadia looks after Eros' distribution in Europe and Africa.

Nandu Ahuja, the senior vice president who looks after distribution in the domestic market for the company, says after the overwhelming weekend collection, the movie is going steady.

'The film has remained steady during the week post the stupendous opening weekend. The film is continuing to show fabulous collections and we are sure the film will continue to enjoy a fantastic run,' he said.

Co-produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Sunil A. Lulla, the film was made on a budget of Rs.62 crore (Rs.620 million) including print and advertisement costs and has grossed around Rs.70 crore (Rs.700 million) in the domestic market and Rs.21 crore (Rs.210 million) overseas.

The music and digital rights of the film have fetched around Rs.10 crore (Rs.100 million)

The film earned around Rs.19 crore (Rs.190 million) worldwide on its opening day.

Apart from the death-defying stunts by Akshay, the film also has much publicised cameos by Hollywood stars like Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh and Denise Richards.

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Posted on: 27 July 2009 at 3:01am
Its the most pathetic movie I have ever seen after CCTC,Tashan and Aag !! Both Kareena and Akki are playing childish rolls for the adult audience !! Where did this billion comes is the news and the tax people should investigate this badly written, scripped acted and horrible songs movie !!

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Posted on: 23 July 2009 at 2:21pm
there is nothing interesting in this movie. very bad script, acting , songs and dialogues... just can not digest how it was a hit..

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Posted on: 22 July 2009 at 12:40am
Don't misjudge the movie.

Kambakht Ishq neither was tacky nor it had below-the-belt jokes.It was an entertaining comedy film unlike others in the recent past and this movie tells of how the nowadays generation moves on basis of these kind of concepts.However,the movie was more like an american romantic comedy which has it's unique concept and the film did rate it was PG 15+,so those of you who went with their families should have reconsider watching this film by watching the trailers or the posters displayed outside the cinemas and judged it.

Kambakkht Ishq is the now days generation kind of a movie, despite the critics who've criticised for it's foul language and vulgarity that makes the the script so weak,they didn't understand the movie's basic concept ,which I shall remind the people that it is:"THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES".

I'm very happy that the movie was successful around the world.Akshay's comic timing was perfect.

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Posted on: 21 July 2009 at 3:32am
oh plz stupid h8 kareena and the whole film TACKY!!

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Posted on: 18 July 2009 at 11:39pm
I cant believe this movie actually saw so much success! I'm appalled to say the least. This movie had some VERY cheap dialouges and below-the-belt jokes that i was so NOT comfortable hearing and that too in an indian movie.

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Posted on: 16 July 2009 at 12:19pm
kareena acted so bad and anyways story was bad, direction was bad and very cheap dialogues too...

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Posted on: 16 July 2009 at 7:48am
Crap movie!!!! I can't believe big actors like Kareenaagreed to do it....

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Posted on: 13 July 2009 at 7:45pm
it was total waste of time... it was mindless and not even funny... govinda's movies were also not very real these but were entertaining.. akshay should grow up and do some mature roles or he is going to be typecast very soon ...

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Posted on: 13 July 2009 at 2:06pm
rubbish film wasted my money watchin that :)

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Posted on: 13 July 2009 at 9:46am
lv kambakht ishq

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