R... Rajkumar box office collections surprise in opening weekend, ink Shahid Kapoor’s biggest opener

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Several trade analysts had written off R... Rajkumar before its release, but its box office collections have made it emerge triumphant. Several trade analysts had written off R... Rajkumar before its release, but its box office collections have made it emerge triumphant.
SummaryR... Rajkumar is Shahid Kapoor’s biggest opener in terms of box office collections.

starrer Club 60 got off to a slow start, with just 10 -15 per cent occupancy in multiplexes. “With just one show in some theatres, Club 60 will find it very difficult to sustain at the box-office,” adds Mehra. But according to director Sanjay Tripathy, the film is doing well in the Mumbai circuit and some parts of Delhi.

Steaming out

Last week’s Saif Ali Khan-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Bullett Raja failed to make the cut. At the end of first week, the collections, according to Bollywood Hungama, stands at Rs.34.91 crore, with select multiplexes playing one show in the morning during the second week. Currently in its fifth week, the Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-starrer Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-leela has select shows in Gujarat with 30-40 per cent average occupancy.

Hollywood numbers

The international release, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire-Panem did below average business. According to Shroff, the average occupancy at multiplexes was around 25 per cent, which is very weak compared to the bumper opening that it got in the US. Disney’s animated musical Frozen continues to do well in the second weekend, especially in cities like Mumbai and Delhi.

With four small films —Kaizad Gustad’s Jackpot, Dimple Kapadia-starrer What The Fish, Karan Raj Kanwar’s production venture Lucky Kabootar and Farooque Shaikh-Raima Sen starrer The Bastard Child releasing this Friday, exhibitors and trade analysts believe that R... will continue to do well. “The four films have no buzz and they belong to different genres. There is no way they will eat into R...Rajkumar’s share, and the film will continue to rule at the box-office,” opines Mehra.

Screen forecast

Our verdict

In the Screen issue dated December 6 - 12 2013, we stated that the fate of Shahid Kapoor - Sonakshi Sinha starrer R... Rajkumar will depend on how the audience accepts the film. We, however, erred in our prediction that the film will get a slow start at the box-office. Surprisingly, the film managed to get a good opening with 70 - 80 per cent average occupancy pan India.

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