Arjun Kapoor’s Mubarakan has taken a shockingly low opening on Friday, with the film collecting around 5.25 crore on its opening day at the box office. The Anees Bazmee comedy now needs nothing less than a miraculous jump in business over the weekend and then a strong ‘Friday-level’ Monday – to have absolutely any chance of doing well.
‘Mubarakan’ joins the growing list of films that have opened well below expectations on the opening day. ‘Raabta’, ‘Tubelight’, ‘Jagga Jasoos’, ‘Munna Michael’ – just to name a few – have all failed to take starts.
The opening day business of ‘Mubarakan’ is the lowest for an Arjun Kapoor starrer since ‘Aurangzeb’ in 2013. But even that film, with less than half the costs, opened at 4 crore. His last two films like ‘Ki & Ka’ (7.4 crore) and Half Girlfriend (10 crore) opened very well, but ‘Mubarakan’ has shockingly fallen about 30% short of a niche film like ‘Ki & Ka’.
Compared to other films in 2017, the opening of ‘Mubarakan’ is only a few lakhs higher than films like ‘Naam Shabana’, ‘Commando 2’ and ‘Rangoon’. Two of those films were cheaper and didn’t have a star, while ‘Rangoon’ was dark and unexciting.
The film itself is better than the collections, but multiplex business didn’t show a major upward trend Friday evening onwards. With ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ scheduled to release next weekend, ‘Mubarakan’ needs 50-60% growth on Saturday and double digit collections on Sunday.
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