Force 2 box office collections: With only Tum Bin and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them as its competition, John Abraham’s action-packed film Force 2 could have easily raked in Rs 25 crore at the box office on its opening weekend. However, the film has only earned Rs 21 crore so far. That points to the fact that the actor was not able to provide the kind of bang theatre-goers really expected from him. However, the film, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Tahir Bhasin, has fared better than the original Force, which managed to earn Rs 15 crore on its first weekend.
The film’s occupancy rate gave some hint of its sluggish performance, as theatres logged just 15-20% on Friday. Not surprisingly, the film, which sees John Abraham cruise around Berlin and Budapest in search of a mastermind giving out RAW secrets, went on to gross Rs 6.5 crore on its first day, despite generally positive reviews. Its performance on Saturday wasn’t very different either with the film fetching Rs 7.5 crore at the box office.
Although Force 2 was expected to take a blow with the current cash flow crisis, it has proved earlier predictions wrong. It was estimated to only pull in Rs 5 crore on its first day, but managed to surpass that number by roughly Rs 1 crore – most probably because viewers started buying tickets via digital payments mode. With a budget of Rs 45 crore, the sequel to the 2011 action flick is expected to break even in a week, if its performance remains the same on weekdays. However, with Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt starrer Dear Zindagi set to open this week, it remains to be seen whether Force 2 will lose its audience to the upcoming romantic film – most probably it will fall off the map.
Force 2, which opened in 1,800 screens across the country, also faces the challenge of drawing in audiences in smaller centers which demonetization has impacted more severely. Since banks and ATMS are not available in enough numbers in these Tier II and Tier II cities and the rural areas it is even worse, the theatres are undergoing some pain till the situation normalises.
As far as Force 2 collection prediction is concerned, then not much positive news is expected as the word-of-mouth booster shot for the movie is not as strong as expected. So, it will struggle to get anywhere near the Rs 50 cr mark.