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Kal Ho Naa Ho grosses $1 mn in US

Arthur J Pais in New York | December 01, 2003 09:40 IST

Producer Karan Johar can certainly look for a solid tomorrow for Kal Ho Naa Ho following the $1 million gross the musical melodrama took in four days in North America. Many fans in Manhattan said they were planning to see it again after a week and would strongly recommend it tofriends and families. Many shows went full in New York, Fremont, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

"Now that I know whatthe film is about, I will bring extra hankies when I return," said a young woman who was eager to bring her boyfriend to see it. "He could not be here today," she continued. "I will tell himthis is more than a date film. This film is about life."

Lead actor Shah Rukh is enormously popular withBangladeshi and Pakistani movie fans, and the release of the film soon after Eid gave it a stronger box-office push.

Released on Thanksgiving Day, one of the busiest days for movies in North America, the movie grossed about $270,000 on its opening day, according to box-office guru.com

The film, which is in 52 theaters where it will continue into its second week, had a strong per screen average of $14,000, slightly more than what Johar's Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham had from a similar number of theaters. But K3G grossed $1 million in three days.

Hindi movies usually take a 50 percent plunge in the second week, followed by similar attrition insubsequent weeks. If Kal Ho Naa Ho follows that track, it could earn a strong $2.3 million and become the highest grossing Indian film of the year, earning far more than Raakesh Roshan's KoiMil Gaya that madesome $600,000. The film KHNH willhave to beat is Sooraj Barjatya's Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon that grossed about $1.3 million this year.

On the other hand, if it shows strong legs as K3G did, it might try to challenge that film's $3 million plus gross. Of course K3Gwas produced and directed by Karan Johar with a bigger star cast whilehe served asproducer, writer andmentor to first-time directorNikhil Advani on KHNH. By any account, this is a third hit in a row for Johar and Shah Rukh Khan.

KNKHhas better chances of gliding past the $2 million grossed by Johar's first film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hain.

With a $730,000 gross in three days, KHNHcould find a place among the top 20 grossing films in North America. Human Stain, which grossed $700,000 last weekend, was the 16th highest grossing film.

The buzz from Great Britain has it that KHNHcould be a stronger earnerthere where it is expected to be among the top 10 earners.



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