Two of the most awaited films of recent times hit the theaters this Friday. However, it seems highly unlikely that either of them are going to do some good business at the Indian box office. While it’s too early to predict the precise predictions, the opening day occupancy gives us a clear picture of what the coming weekend might have in store for the films.
Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur had a pretty dull start with a mere 10-15% average occupancy rate all over the country. A movie, which was much hyped about in recent times, it seems the hype was just not enough. The situation at single screen theaters was worse than that of multiplexes. Compare it to recent releases Shanghai and Ferrari Ki Sawaari and you will know it had one of the worst openings of recent times.
The other release this Friday was Shahid Kappor and Priyanka Chopra‘s Teri Meri Kahaani. Now we know Anurag Kashyap’s flick might not have been for the masses but this is one movie which was sure expected to have a better audience connect than the former. The movie had a better opening day than that of Gangs of Wasseypur but was still way below expectation. Teri Meri Kahaani opened to a low 30-35% average occupancy rate in multiplexes. Now, it seems Shahid is all set to break his last flop Mausam‘s record as even the latter had a 50% opening, which in turn was way better than Teri Meri Kahaani. I really don’t know whose’s Kahaani it is but it sure can be termed as “Shahid ke Flop Ki Kahaani”.
Both the movies will pick up on collections during the weekends but I wonder what are the figures they will be needing to recover the loss of the opening day. It seems highly unlikely that any of these will leave a mark at the Indian box office.
So we now have the official figures for the first day collection of both the movies. As predicted Teri Meri Kahaani did more business than that of Gangs of Wasseypur. The first day domestic box office collections for Teri Meri Kahaani stands at 5 crores nett. Considering the face value of the film, the figure, I am sure, is not what the makers were expecting of the film. Mumbai saw the maximum collections with nett 1.82 crores where as Delhi/UP stands at about 1.08 crores. The movie has done pretty badly except for a couple of metros. Multiplex collections were more than that of single screen theaters.
Gangs of Wasseypur on the other hand could only manage a small opening day collection of 2.75 crores. A large chunk of the collection, i.e. approx 70 lacks came from Delhi/UP. Overall, the movie did pretty badly on day one and it is only a magic stroke of luck which can make the movie survive even a week at the Indian box office.