New Delhi, Jul 23 (UNI) After 'Vivah' and 'Jab We Met', Shahid Kapoor's honeymoon with success continues with 'Kismat Konnection' with the Shahid Vidya Balan-starrer opening to a worldwide gross of more than Rs 27 crore in the first three days of its release, the highest ever Box Office opening for a Shahid Kapoor film! Being distributed worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures, which released it in over 900 screens worldwide on July 18 including the US, UK, Australia, Pakistan and West Asia, 'Kismat Konnection', directed by veteran filmmaker Aziz Mirza, grossed Rs 20.76 crore with an average per print earning of Rs 3.75 lakh in India. This is the second highest opening weekend for a film in 2008, the first being 'Race', which was produced and distributed by the same team of TIPS and UTV Motion Pictures, respectively.
In West Asia, the film earned a total of 260,310 US dollars (Rs 1.12 crore). Opening numbers in West Asia are third highest for a Hindi film in 2008 after 'Race' and 'Jodhaa Akbar', both of which were distributed by UTV Motion Pictures.
In the United States, the film collected 213,112 US dollars (Rs 91.63 lakh) upto Saturday night. Australia saw a weekend collection of 42,952 US dollars (Rs 18.46 lakh). In Australia, the film had the third highest screen average in 2008 behind 'The Dark Knight' (Batman) and 'Mamma Mia'.
In the United Kongdom, the film had a cumulative weekend collection of 223,641 US dollars (Rs 95.51 lakh). In Pakistan, the film had a bigger opening day than 'Race' and 'Goal' with 22,418 US dollars (Rs 9.6 lakh) on Friday.
Talking about the collections for the film, CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, Siddharth Roy Kapur said,''we are thrilled with the opening weekend collections of 'Kismat Konnection' around the world. This demonstrates the value of backing strong content with aggressive marketing and distribution. This is the second consecutive blockbuster in our association with TIPS, with both movies that we have collaborated on - 'Race' and 'Kismat Konnection' notching up the Top 2 opening weekends of the year so far!" For UTV Motion pictures, this is the fourth consecutive blockbuster from their stable this year, after scoring a hattrick of hits with 'Jodhaa Akbar', 'Race' and 'Aamir' in the first half of 2008.
'Kismat Konnection' is a story about Raj Malhotra (Shahid Kapoor) who is still struggling to find that one chance to showcase his mettle, the quirky oracle, Hasina Bano Jaan (Juhi Chawla) and Priya (Vidya Balan) who he discovers is his lucky charm.
But Priya not only has had unpleasant encounters with Raj before, she is also opposed to the very project that he desperately wants to work on... his ambitious dream project Raj pretends to help her with her cause while pushing his own agenda. But there are two problems. One, he falls in love with her and doesn't want to cheat her and Two; she discovers the truth about him before he can tell her. overs the truth about him before he can tell her.
For Shahid Kapoor, it is the third consecutive solo success, after 'Vivaah' and 'Jab We Met', and has finally established him as an actor who can carry a film on his shoulders.
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