NEW DELHI :
The shutdown of film theaters across the country has hugely impacted the business of comedy drama Angrezi Medium that is looking to earn around ₹9.50 crore over the weekend, even though it managed to make it to theaters last Friday. States like Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar, Punjab, Maharashtra and the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir had shut down all operations, including cinema halls thanks to the corona scare by the end of last week.
“Business (of Angrezi Medium) has been severely affected due to closure of cinema halls in several states," trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted about its Rs. 3.85 crore first day earnings.
Trade website Box Office India said the film should have ideally been postponed like offerings such as Sooryavanshi and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar but the decision to shut cinemas in Delhi came on Thursday and by that time the film had already released in the Gulf region which left the makers with no choice but to come to India. By Saturday, the states of Punjab and Rajasthan too had shut which meant the loss of another ₹50 lakh in business. The only two centers bringing in some good news for the film over the weekend were Noida and Gurugram, but with only around 24 cinemas. To be sure, the makers have announced a re-release when times are better.
Putting up a pretty brave fight, however, is last week’s release, Tiger Shroff-starrer Baaghi 3 that had made around ₹93 crore at last count. The action thriller is a hit especially in the small towns of Gujarat and Saurashtra as well as Uttar Pradesh where it recorded good collections both over the first week as well as the second weekend. Box Office India said the second weekend of the film wrapped up around ₹5.75- 6 crore though under ordinary circumstances, it would have made around ₹12-13 crore.
Adarsh, however, had some good news to share about the performance of Punjabi comedy drama Chal Mera Putt 2 in overseas markets.
“Despite corona virus scare, Punjabi film Chal Mera Putt 2 takes a flying start in key international markets. Debuts at number six position in Australia (Friday A$ 99,964/ ₹45.72 lakhs) and number four position in New Zealand (Friday NZ$ 36,932/ ₹16.55 lakhs)," he had tweeted.