The Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon starrer entertainer, Bachchhan Paandey has recorded a below the par trend in its opening weekend as the film collected in the range of Rs. 13 to 14 crore on it’s third day to take the total collection to approximately Rs. 39 crores. While there is a marginal hike as compared to Saturday, the big jump in the business was missing over the weekend.
While The Kashmir Files did take a toll on the business by around 20% through the weekend, the film couldn’t get the audience on board on Saturday and Sunday despite having ample capacity to perform, especially in national chains. While the mass belts were a little better on Sunday, the national chains were more or less in the same range as Friday.
The movie is now headed to be a disappointing affair at the box office, as a major chunk of showcasing will be taken over by RRR in the coming week. The movie needed a worldwide share of Rs 65 crore to breakeven, but as things stand, a share of Rs. 35 to 40 crore seems to be the best case scenario. The reviews were ranging from mixed to positive, and there was a little hope for the audience to enjoy the entertainer.
But that hasn’t happened and that seems to be due to competition from The Kashmir Files and also, lack of excitement created by the film in its pre-release campaign. Bachchhan Paandey opened at Rs 13.25 crore followed by a Saturday of Rs 12 crore and finally another Rs 13 crore plus day on Sunday. In an ideal world devoid of competition, the biz of Bachcchan Paandey would have been around 20% higher, closer to the Rs 50 crore mark.