Sanjay Dutt-Irrfan Khan starrer Knock Out and Ajay Devgn-Akshaye Khanna starrer Aakrosh that released on Friday have failed to sizzle at the box office this Dusshera. Even Ramayana - The Epic fizzled out without any fireworks with no divine intervention.
"The weekend was very bad with an overall occupancy of less than 40 per cent. The movies didn't pick up even over the weekend. Knock Out, Aakrosh and Ramayana could barely cross 40 per cent, 50 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. The public did not accept the movies," Amit Awasthi, manager (programming and operations) of Spice Cinemas at Noida, told IANS.
Delhi-based distributor Joginder Mahajan said: "All three movies have been major duds. Knock Out that has been made at a production cost of up to Rs.24 crore could make only Rs.50 lakh in Delhi-Uttar Pradesh-Punjab. Aakrosh that has been made at Rs.40 crore could make only Rs.60 lakh in this belt.
"Ramayana on the other hand won't even recover its publicity costs. These were all dry subjects with no entertainment quotient and people wouldn't want to shell out money for no entertainment," he added.
Directed by Mani Shankar and produced by Sohail Maklai, Knock Out is an adaptation of Hollywood venture Phone Booth. It also features Kangana Ranaut, Sushant Singh and Gulshan Grover.
Aakrosh, on the other hand, has been directed by Priyadarshan and also stars Paresh Rawal and Bipasha Basu.