As was expected, new releases could hardly find audience over the weekend. Such was the lack of interest in what was being played in theaters that majority of critics and reviewers considered this as an off-weekend too, hence resulting in lack of reviews for most of the films.
The only film which still managed to garner some interest was Charlie Kay Chakkar Mein. It saw some decent to very good reviews coming its way as well. However, the audience that stepped in was miniscule. What goes in the favor of the film is the fact that it has been made at a shoestring budget and that may just about help in recovery though various means.
As for Yaara Silly Silly, the film went largely unnoticed and even a handful of reviews weren’t much forthcoming. The collections were near negligible as well. The other two films, Ranbanka and Four Pillars Of Basement, didn’t even see a proper release and were just playing in a few theaters at a show or two. The fifth planned release of the week, Run Bhuumi, has been moved to the coming Friday. However, it wouldn’t make any difference to the film’s impending fate.
Overall collections of the new films were less than 2 crore.
Meanwhile, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 still had some collections of sorts and with over 1.5 crore coming in, the film has crossed the 62 crore mark.
All new releases would continue to find shows during the week but that would hardly result in any collections since they have practically two days to bring in some moolah. Wednesday is Diwali and hence many theaters are expected to cancel their evening and night shows. Then on Thursday, it is going to be Prem Ratan Dhan Payo all over. Now that would be a big day for all involved, be it the audience, producers, distributors, exhibitors and of course the cast and crew attached to them.
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder