102 Not Out, Omerta start slow at box office
Despite opening to mostly positive reviews, both Bollywood releases that hit theatres on Friday got a slow opening on day one. While Amitabh Bachchan-Rishi Kapoor-starrer 102 Not Out collected Rs 3.52 crore at the box office, Hansal Mehta’s Omerta earned a mere Rs 54 lakh.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the figures: “Like most content-driven films aimed at families, #102NotOut started on a slow note, but gathered momentum from evening onwards... A HEALTHY GROWTH is on the cards on Sat and Sun... Word of mouth is SUPER-STRONG... Fri ₹ 3.52 cr. India biz.”
He added, “#Omertà has a lukewarm start... Fri ₹ 54 lakhs. India biz... Needs miraculous growth over the weekend to sustain. UAE Thu AED 24,625.78 Fri AED 52,098.33 GCC Thu AED 2,994.84 Fri AED 5,224.05.”
Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out is a celebration of life where 102-year-old Amitabh plays dad to 75-year-old son, Rishi. Based on Saumya Joshi’s Gujarati play of the same name, the film is “a lesson on life skills and how to rise above the bitter memories and cherish the sweet ones”, wrote Rohit Vats in his review of 102 Not Out.
Rajkummar Rao-starrer Omerta, meanwhile, is based on the life of British terrorist Omar Shaikh Saeed and the major terror incidents he was involved in - killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl and the kidnapping of foreign tourists in India. “Rajkummar Rao‘s film focuses more on the terrorist’s modus operandi than his ideology but works as a docu-style thriller about a cold-blooded murderer who believes he is on God’s mission,” Sweta Kaushal wrote in her review of the film.
The latest Hollywood blockbuster, Avengers Infinity War, however, continued to rule the Indian box office on Friday and collected Rs 7.17 crore on Friday alone.The Marvel superhero saga has already earned Rs 210 crore in India and $857 million worldwide.
Taran tweeted, “#AvengersInfinityWar remains the first choice of moviegoers... Commences Week 2 on a SOLID NOTE... Inches closer to ₹ 200 cr... [Week 2] Fri 7.17 cr. Total: ₹ 163.81 cr NettBOC. India biz... GrossBOC: ₹ 210.01 cr... #Avengers #InfinityWar.”
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