Komal Nahta’s Box Office Report: Joker falls flat
Joker fails to make a mark and gets a lacklustre opening at the Box Office with a less than impressive, opening weekend collection of Rs. 15 crores. Ek Tha Tiger suffers a drop in the third weekend, but inches close to Rs. 200 crores mark and could challenge 3 Idiots record collection.
Joker turned out to be a box-office joke with a net all-India weekend of just around Rs. 15 to 15.5 crore. In spite of starring A-listers like Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, who together gave the recent blockbuster, Rowdy Rathore, Shirish Kunder's Joker took a dull start and remained that way through the weekend. The opening day's net was Rs. 4.75-5 crores only. On Saturday, it dropped a bit and collected around Rs. 4.5-4.75 crores. Collections picked up on Sunday but the increase was marginal (Rs. 5.5 to 5.75 crores only). The total of Rs. 15 to 15.5 crores was a far cry from first-day collections of more than that in the case of big-budget, big-banner and big-star cast films like Joker is. For the estimated investment of Rs. 60 crores, a loss of Rs. 20 crores is certain. The loss would have been far more had UTV not succeeded in pre-selling its satellite rights for around Rs. 20 crores!
?Meanwhile, Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger faced a big drop in its third weekend but that was expected. After all, it had already netted Rs. 184.83 crores in two weeks (16 days, since the first week was of nine days). The spy thriller-cum-love story added Rs. 6.51 crores to its kitty in the third weekend, taking its 19-day total to Rs. 191.34 crores.
The day-wise Box Office collection break-up for Ek Tha Tiger:
Friday: Rs. 1.24 crores
Saturday: Rs. 2.11 crores
Sunday: Rs. 3.16 crores
Total: Rs. 6.51 crores.
Grand Total: Rs. 191.34 crores.
It is still to be seen whether it touches the Rs. 202 crores of Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots or not.
Check out earlier Ek Tha Tiger Box Office report
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Komal Nahta is one of the most respected trade analysts in India. Komal is Editor and Publisher of "Film Information", the largest circulated film trade journal. He is also an anchor for a popular TV show based on Bollywood. He had been the Bollywood representative of the BBC Radio Network, U.K. for almost 10 years. Komal was the first person from the film industry to be appointed as advisor of the IDBI (Industrial Development Bank of India) for its film financing division.
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