Salman's TUBELIGHT is good to decent, 8 crore for BANK CHOR Vivek-Riteish!

June 24, 2017 9:19:32 AM IST
By Abid, Glamsham Editorial
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The premier new release of the week, Salman-Zhu Zhu starrer, TUBELIGHT, saw a good (Delhi-NCR & East Punjab) to decent (rest of the territories) start. The 40-45 percent start (during pre-Eid) could have been considered good, for a normal top 5 star film, but coming from the unbeatable Kabir-Salman team (EK THA TIGER & BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN), and that too during the Eid week, it is somewhat of a disappointment. Even the latter shows have not shown a very encouraging upward trend, and the first day appears to be around the 20-21 crore mark, as per rough initial estimates.


What is all the more alarming is that the massy centres too have not opened to the usual bumper start, associated with Salman's films off late. Having said that, we are not surprised because we had hinted at it in our box-office column.

There can be many reasons for that, the biggest being that ever since his comeback (WANTED), Salman Khan has essayed a larger than life and invincible image, which is not the case with TUBELIGHT, where the superstar plays a weak character. In fact casting Sohail Khan (rejected repeatedly by the audience) as Salman's inspiration and mentor is the biggest blunder!

All said and done, TUBELIGHT will manage a good extended Eid weekend, but the start and the not so good audience feedback does not augur well for the box-office prospects of the film.

Meanwhile, last week's Vivek-Riteish starrer, BANK CHOR could just about muster 8 crore (to be validated) during the opening week from India and will have to rely on non-theatrical rights for recovery.