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ATM, Vel -Worldwide Box-Office report
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
November 13, 2007
This Deepavali was a treat not just for the Hindi film fans the world over but for fans of Tamil films as well. Shahrukh Khan, the King Khan, is the one who is smiling across the continents, as his film Om Shanti Om reaped success like never before. Om Shanti Om made it to the eleventh spot in the US box office raking in $1,764,131 over

the weekend at the rate of $15,474 per screen; further, it seized the seventh spot in the UK box office with collections totaling $1,084,316 and a per screen average of $20,852 and in Australia it has managed to secure ninth place with a total collection of $168,874 and a per screen average of $14,073.

Saawariya did have an impressive opening as well in all the above-mentioned three countries, in spite of the drubbing it received from critics. The movie grossed $ 542,192 in the US box office at the rate of $ 6,378 per screen securing the twenty-fourth spot; not bad at all for the movie touted to be a flop. It’s collections from the UK, where it secured the twelfth spot, is $336,437 with an average per screen collection of $7,009. Saawariya is placed at the sixteenth spot in the Aussie box office raking in $94,339 and $5,549 per screen.

What is even more surprising is that Tami films Azhagiya Tamil Magan and Vel have done exceptionally well at the UK box office collecting $199,693 and $43,191, respectively with an impressive per screen averages of $11,094 and $7,199 in theatres. This trend of Tamil movies doing well at the UK box office is prominent after Sivaji, which exposed Tamil cinema to the non-Tamil speaking Indian fraternity. Happy days are sure to begin here with biggies like Billa and Dasavatharam ready to hit the screens in the months to come.

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