Indian films got a dramatically varied reception at the UK box office this week as Yash Raj Films' Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (K3G) established a new record for a Bollywood opening, while Eros International's Bollywood Calling, managed only a dismal response at the turnstiles.
K3G (Sometime Happiness, Sometimes Sorrow) took third place in the UK top 15, the first ever Bollywood title to achieve such a position in the national chart, with $687,017 (£473,355). This made it easily the biggest Indian release in the UK following Yash Raj's Mohabbatein which opened with $357,573 (£246,368) at 26 venues in 2000. K3G opened at 41 venues to record a site average of $16,757.
However, at the other end of the scale, Bollywood Calling, which stars East Is East's Om Puri, barely registered at the box office with a weekend gross of $4,994 from nine venues for a weak average of $554.
The only other opener to make the chart this week was 20th Century Fox's The Deep End, starring Tilda Swinton and ER's Goran Visnjic, with $100,128 (£68,988). The drama, which received mostly positive reviews, claimed eleventh position from 51 sites for an average of $1,963.
Meanwhile, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone continued to rule the chart is its fifth week on release grossing $3.5m (£2.4m) from 537 sites for an average of $6,463 over the weekend. The Warner Bros blockbuster faces its first challenge this week when Entertainment releases The Fellowship Of The Ring, the first part of Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Also holding position from last week was Momentum Pictures' 51st State. The Samuel L Jackson picture took second place for the second week running with a spunky $939,020 (£646,985) from 313 sites and has grossed $2.9m (£1.99m) after 10 days on release.
Rounding out the top five were UIP's Zoolander at four with $467,572 (£322,157) and BVI's The Others with $467,325 (£321,987). The Others remains strong after seven weeks on release having grossed $15.7m (£10.8m) in the UK so far.