This week's three releases - "Jolly LLB", "3G" and "Mere Dad Ki Maruti" - opened to poor response at the box office across India.
Ram Kapoor(L) with Saqib Saleem in "Mere Dad Ki Maruti"
"Jolly LLB" is the only film that had a decent earning on the opening day as compared to the other two films.
"Jolly LLB" is a courtroom comedy film directed by Subhash Kapoor and featuring Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao and Boman Irani in the lead roles. The film is a social satire on India's legal system. It had a dull opening but evening and night shows were better.
The story of the film is about a struggling advocate (played by Arshad Warsi) who moves from Meerut to Delhi to buildup his career as lawyer. While working as a small time advocate, he finds some loophole in the argument presented by his inspiration and a high-profile advocate Rajpal (Boman Irani) following which he files a PIL that changes his life forever.
The film on its opening day raked in approximately ₹3.12 crore at domestic box offices. It is expected to dominate the collection centers over the weekend.
"#JollyLLB picked up substantially in evening/night shows across the nation. Collects *early estimates* ₹3.12 cr on Friday," trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted.
But the other two films collected only around ₹1 crore each at the box office.
"Mere Dad ki Maruti" is a comedy film featuring Saqib Saleem, Ram Kapoor and Prabal Panjabi in the lead roles. The Yash Raj production received mixed reviews and was expected to perform better than all the three films, but it failed to do so.
The opening day shows of Ashima Chibber's directorial venture was dull across the country. It collected only ₹1.03 crore despite good reviews.
"#MereDadKiMaruti has performed better in North India. Collects ₹1.03 cr on Friday ... UAE + GCC Thu and Fri $ 65,000," Adarsh tweeted.
The film is set in the backdrop of Punjabi wedding and the story revolves around a boy Sameer (played by Saqib Saleem) who steals his dad's (Ram Kapoor) car to impress a college girl and how things changes when he loses the car.
The collections were better in north circuits including Delhi, UP and East Punjab.
"Mere Dad Ki Maruti" and "3G" find it hard to attract the audiences at the box office.
"3G - A Killer Connection" is a supernatural thriller film directed by Shantanu and Sheershak and features Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan in the lead roles.
It also collected in the range of ₹1 crore on the opening day. The collections were better in circuits like CP and CI but dull in Delhi.
"#3G Friday *actuals* ₹1.07 cr," Adarsh tweeted.
"Jolly LLB" will pass out the weekend with flying colours, but the other two films will have to struggle to survive at the box office.
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