Romeo Akbar Walter box office day 1: John Abraham’s film edges past Shazam, posts Rs 5 crore opening
John Abraham-starrer RAW - Romeo Akbar Walter led a slow weekend at the box office, with a Rs 5 crore opening day haul. RAW edged out the latest entry in the DC Extended Universe, Shazam!, which opened to Rs 3 crore on Friday.
According to Box Office India, the spy thriller trails the opening day total of John’s previous release, Satyameva Jayate, which had raked in Rs 20 crore on day one. RAW’s opening falls more in line with John’s other films, such as Parmanu - The Story of Pokhran, Rocky Handsome and Force 2.
The film opened to largely negative reviews, which criticised John’s performance, and director Robbie Grewal’s pacing. Writing for the Hindustan Times, Raja Sen commented in his 1.5 star review, “Abraham, possibly a shark at poker, uses expressions sparingly, as if afraid to run out of a restricted repertoire.”
Meanwhile, the superhero film Shazam! couldn’t capitalise on excellent reviews as it heads into the weekend. The film’s Rs 3 crore opening falls short of previous DC entries Justice League and Aquaman. While Justice League concluded its India run with around Rs 40 crore, Aquaman finished with over Rs 50 crore, according to Box Office India.
Aquaman is the highest grossing DC film of all time, with a global total of more than $1.1 billion. Shazam! is produced on a much smaller scale - it has a reported budget of around the $100 million range, which is $200 million less than Justice League’s budget. The film has a healthy 93% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The Hindustan Times’ four-star review noted, “Shazam! is as magical as its title suggests; heartfelt, humorous and burdened by none of the hubris of Batman v Superman and Man of Steel.”
Meanwhile, director Sriram Raghavan’s AndhaDhun has opened massively in China. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film has already made Rs 44 crore in the world’s second biggest movie market, and is expected to double that number by the end of its extended weekend.
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