The worst fear has come true, though the signs were there on Friday evening itself. Fan has gone down on Monday. As per early estimates, the film collected in the range of 6-7 crores* more, which is a big fall from 19.2 crore that it had collected on Friday. With this, the film’s total stands at 58 -59 crore*.
The trending is not good since this is not the manner in which a Shah Rukh Khan film is expected to do. Such numbers on Wednesday or Thursday may still had been okay had Monday and Tuesday been in 12-13 crore range.
However, a dip like this so early in the weekdays is not healthy. It is quite clear now that the film hasn’t found universal appreciation and is working only in pockets.
The manner in which the film is performing, it now looks difficult for it to emerge at the top as far as the biggest Week One of 2016 is concerned. Airlift had collected 83.5 crore in its First Week while The Jungle Book collected 74.63 crore. While latter would be crossed, former looks some distance away.
That said, the collections are expected to stay stable today and tomorrow due to holiday [Mahaveer Jayanti] in some parts of the country.
Note: All collections as per production and distributor sources
*Final numbers are awaited
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder