Dhobi Ghat wasn’t really expected to open to a huge response at the box office and it hasn’t. The opening (morning shows) has been in the range of 20 – 30% at multiplexes in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and a few other smaller cities.
The film picked up during the afternoon and early evening shows (4PM). The booking for the night shows are pretty good, with almost 60 – 70% of the tickets already sold out at most places. Note – more than an hour to go for the 9:45 – 10 PM shows to begin.
The word of mouth, so far, is mixed.
Even if the film is a disaster with its theatrical release, the makers are expected to recover their investment. But to attain HIT status, how the film fares on Saturday and Sunday will be crucial.