Every Hrithik Roshan movie is widely discussed, celebrated, criticized and looked forward to. Barely 8 years old in the industry he cannot afford failures. Jodha Akbar was off to a poor start on friday in India, largely due to its limited release at multiplexes; not to forget the pathetic promotion, and many on movie forums were actually questioning his star power!
So whats the verdict on Jodha Akbar? Has the movie worked with the audience? Were the performances upto the mark? Was the ever so long wait worth it? Has it worked at the all important box-office? The answer is YES! Jodha Akbar has worked big time, with the critics and the audience! The critics especially have loved the movie and the audience reaction has been extremely positive. The performances, direction, cinematography, music, visuals, choreography almost every aspect has been praised. The only thing that has been criticized is the length.
Now the box-office verdict
India – The movie was off to a slow start on friday grossing 3.25 crores, picked up big time on saturday grossing almost 7 crores. The weedend gross (Friday – Saturday – Sunday) is expected to be around 17 crores! One more thing that is in favour of Jodha Akbar is, there is absolutely no big release for more than a month, the next big bollywood release is Race which releases on 21st March! The timing of the release has been perfect!
Overseas – Jodha Akbar had the widest release for a Bollywood movie ever! It was released in 26 countries in about 1500 prints!
United Kingdom (UK) – Jodha Akbar released on 70 prints and grossed 57,000+ pounds on the thursday night preview alone! The opening has been earth shattering and could end up just a tad below Shahrukh Khan’s Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Om Shanti Om for the weekend, which would mean its the third biggest opening in the UK for a Bollywood movie! Now for a histrocial, its a HUGE achievement!
Unites States (US) – The movie had the biggest release for a Bollywood movie ever and the openning is even bigger opening here.. It has reportedly grossed $374,000 on Friday! SRK’s Om Shanti Om grossed $385,000 on the first day of its release. Jodha Akbar has surpassed all expectations. Never in the widest of dreams would anyone have expected it to open so big.
The poor promotion, delay, negativity around the movie prior to its release; absolutely nothing seemed to have affected the movie. This is by far the biggest opening for a Hrithik Roshan movie overseas. In short, Jodha Akbar looks like a winner all the way, at home and overseas!
Note – For the exact overseas figures, be sure to check this space on Tuesday!
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