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Thugs of Hindostan box office day 2: Aamir Khan, Amitabh film sees a huge dip, earns Rs 81.50 cr

Yash Raj Films’ latest offering, Thugs of Hindostan starring Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, has reportedly seen a massive decline in collections on day 2.

bollywood Updated: Nov 10, 2018 15:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Thugs of Hindostan stars Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in prominent roles.

Thugs of Hindostan the big budget multi-starrer from the Yash Raj Films stable starring Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, saw a big drop in box office numbers on day 2. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film made Rs 28.25 crore on Friday, taking the total to Rs 79 crore in Hindi. The film had earned Rs 50.75 crore on day 1. Its overall India (nett) business stood at Rs 81.50 crore on day 2.

Tweeting the figures, he wrote: “#ThugsOfHindostan HINDI: Thu 50.75 cr, Fri 28.25 cr. Total: Rs 79 cr TAMIL + TELUGU: Thu 1.50 cr, Fri 1 cr. Total: Rs 2.50 cr Total: Rs 81.50 cr [5000 screens] India biz. #TOH”

Giving details about the film’s prospects, he declared that the decline had set in and that the film had taken its biggest blow from the multiplex audience. However, he added that the mass belt and single screens were still holding on.

He wrote: “And the DECLINE begins... #ThugsOfHindostan slips on Day 2, facing a fall during #Diwali holidays... Mass belt / single screens are holding better, but the cracks are already showing at plexes... Day 3 [Sat] and Day 4 [Sun] are extremely crucial... #TOH.”

He added that day 3 and 4 would be critical and the film had to show an upward trend or else from day 5 onwards getting back on track would be difficult. He said that Thugs of Hindostan had not met the expectations of the audience.

“#ThugsOfHindostan has to show a positive upturn on Day 3 [today], else its sustainability from Day 5 [Mon] onwards will be extremely doubtful... One thing is crystal clear: #TOH has NOT met the monumental expectations... The BO numbers are doing the talking now.”

An earlier report in Boxoffice India had declared that the film was reportedly staring at a massive 45% drop since its record-breaking opening day across India.

According to the report, Thugs of Hindostan had earned an estimated Rs 28 crore (nett) on day 2 with the total two-day collection being an approximate Rs 78 crore (nett).

It added how the Thugs of Hindostan had taken a beating all over India—in many places, it has come down by 50% while in UP, Gujarat and Bihar, the drop was around 30%. However, it also said that it could be a post-Diwali phenomenon.

Thugs of Hindostan reportedly recorded the highest single-day sales for a Hindi movie with collections of around Rs 52.25 crore (all languages), with the Hindi version alone collecting Rs 50.75 core, according to Taran.

However, the film has made several records. According to Yash Raj Films, the film has shattered seven box office records: 1. The highest all-time opening, 2. The first film to cross Rs 50 crore, 3. The biggest single-day collection ever, 4. The biggest Diwali opener of all time, 5. Biggest opening day for Aamir and Amitabh, 6. The biggest ever opening for a non sequel and 7. YRF’s highest ever opening.

The film was severely criticized by critics with a bulk of them calling it boring and forgettable. Hindustan Times review called it “so dull and unoriginal that it can only inspire the shrugs of Hindustan”.

Katrina Kaif in a song sequence from Thugs of Hindostan.

A pain point before the film’s release was the hike in its ticket price. According to reports, ticket prices were expected to begin from around Rs 400 to Rs 1,500 in the premium multiplexes, whereas, the single screen theatres were to see the average price go up to Rs 200.

When asked, Aamir had reportedly said that while he understood producer’s dilemma, he wanted Thugs of Hindostan to be watched by people belonging to every economic strata of the society. “I can understand. It is an expensive film. Personally, I am always for tickets to be cheaper. I think we should have theatres that are economical and people should go and watch the film in theatre,” he said.

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First Published: Nov 10, 2018 11:18 IST