Another film garnering widespread critical acclaim, has being flat-out rejected by the audience. Pataakha has completed a disastrous opening weekend, failing to register any growth of note over Saturday and Sunday after a deplorable opening, ending up with a mere Rs. 4.05 crore nett in its kitty. From the extremely low start that it took, it was always going to be a nigh impossible task for the film to reverse its fortunes, even if the jumps over the rest of the weekend doubled or tripled, which anyway wasn’t the case, sealing the film’s fate as a disaster after its first weekend itself. The weekend numbers also mark another unsuccessful outing for Director Vishal Bhardwaj at the box-office.
|Day One (Friday)||90 lakh|
|Day Two (Saturday)||1.40 crore|
|Day Three (Sunday)||1.75 crore|
The opening-weekend collection of the Sanya Malhotra-Radhika Madan starrer is slightly better than that of other niche fare this year like Manto, Mitron, 3 Storeys, and Love Sonia, and on level with that of Mukkabaaz – all of which had received glowing reviews but failed to click with audiences – but it still isn’t good enough to offer any hope in the long run, especially considering that the Rs. 20 crore budget is far higher than the other films mentioned here.
|Film||1st Weekend Nett Collection (INR)|
|3 Storeys||1.65 crore|
|Love Sonia||1.19 crore|
It’s high time that makers of such offbeat films smell the coffee and try alternative avenues like Netflix and Amazon to release their projects, which would certainly minimize losses and maximize visibility, in turn, bringing in more revenue and recognition for all those involved. A lot of effort and love go into films like these, and they’re no doubt made with vision and conviction. There’s also no denying that they, too, have an audience. But that audience is not to be found in theaters.
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Disclaimer: Our box-office figures have been compiled from reliable sources and our own extensive research, and are indicative of the film’s performance in the trade. However, Movified doesn’t claim any legitimacy over the accuracy of the data, and cannot be held responsible for any discrepancy in the same.