Critics have slammed Shirish Kunder’s latest film Joker. In fact even before the films release, the songs and trailer of the film did not appeal to them. What’s worse is that the film proved everybody right by making a terrible start at the box office.
The film, starring Akshay Kumar (also co-producer), Sonakshi Sinha, Minissha Lamba and Shreyas Talpade, released on 2200 screens but opened to a tepid 10 to 20 percent response in the morning shows at multiplexes though the occupancy did show an upward trend in the evening. The only sliver of hope was a better occupancy at single screen theatres.
As per early estimates, the film’s first day collections stand at around Rs. 4.75 crore to 5 crore. It is one of the lowest collections for any Akshay Kumar film in recent years. Joker will need to show a miraculous surge in the collection on Saturday and Sunday to be able to survive at box office. Otherwise, the film’s doomed to be a flop.
Meanwhile, Shirish Kunder’s better half Farah Khan too has little to rejoice as her film Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi only managed to make Rs. 9 crore nett in its first week.
The next Friday would see the release of Raaz 3, starring Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta.