Samrat Prithviraj, the big-budget historical epic starring Akshay Kumar, isn’t doing well at the box office. The movie bombed on Monday, and early Tuesday estimates indicate that the downward trend will continue. However, not everyone is ready to dismiss it just yet.
Samrat Prithviraj’s morning programmes are being cancelled due to low attendance, according to a Bollywood Hungama report. The number of people watching the shows that haven’t been cancelled is in the single digits.
Samrat Prithviraj, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, opened to Rs 10.70 crore on Friday and rose to Rs 12.60 crore on Saturday. The picture grossed Rs 16.10 crore on Sunday, bringing the weekend total to Rs 39.40 crore, which paled in contrast to Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’s first weekend gross of Rs 55 crore last month. Ironically, Akshay Kumar appeared in the original Bhool Bhulaiyaa but did not return for the sequel, which was produced for a fraction of the expense of the first.
According to Bollywood Hungama, the film did not draw large crowds in Mumbai, but no one expected screenings to be cancelled due to low ticket sales in the mornings. On Tuesday, Samrat Prithviraj is expected to have made between Rs 4 and Rs 4.25 crore. According to another source, the picture is doing slightly better in the Delhi and Hindi markets, but a decline was expected during the weekdays due to its massively wide distribution–Prithviraj was playing in approximately 5000 screens worldwide–according to its extremely wide release. The film, which was made at a reputed cost of Rs 200 crore, must recover its investment. Following Bachchhan Paandey, which was released in the aftermath of The Kashmir Files’ spectacular run, this is shaping up to be Akshay’s second box office flop in a row. However, the fact that Jugjugg Jeeyo will be released in approximately three weeks works in its favour.
“I am really thankful to the audience for showering us with their love,” Sonu Sood told Hindustan Times regarding Samrat Prithviraj performing below expectations. It may not have generated as much revenue as anticipated, but we must realise that things have changed since the outbreak. Having said that, I’d say I’m quite pleased with it and the amount of affection it has received.”