Jawaani Jaaneman has opened slightly better than the general trade expectations as early estimates suggest day one collections in the range of Rs. 3.25 to 3.75 crore. The film has fared better than last week’s release, the Kangana Ranaut starrer Panga, however the biz is lower than Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak. Jawaani Jaaneman has recorded the best start for a solo Saif Ali Khan film in the recent past as the first day collections are much higher than his recently released films like Laal Kaptaan, Baazaar, Kaalakandi and Chef, with all films except Baazaar being non-starters with day one collection around the 1 crore mark.
It’s a metro centric film and the reviews are quite decent for a rom-com, which gives Jawaani Jaaneman, which marks the acting debut of Alaia F, the platform to grow over the weekend and pose a three day total in the range of 12-13 crores, which would be a fair result for the film considering the controlled costs. However, as it is the case for all multiplex films, it would be essential for the Nitin Kakkar directorial to record a healthy trend on the weekdays and cross the 30-35 crore threshold to be termed a successful venture. Basically, it has to emerge the highest grossing Saif Ali Khan film since the release of Phantom to be termed a theatrical successful venture, which seems possible at the moment. But it’s best to wait for the crucial Monday test. The best faring centers are the multiplexes in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to name some, however the mass belt is practically a no show with some single screens recording dismissal number by earning as low as Rs. 700, 1200 and 1300 per show with a capacity of over Rs. 1 lakh.
Last week’s release, Street Dancer has crashed on it’s second Friday as the early estimate suggest approx. 1 crore day for the film. The lifetime collections will be under 65 crore, and it’s a theatrical flop for Varun Dhawan. Kangana Ranaut’s Panga too has crashed and will end with lifetime collections even below Chhapaak. Needless to say, both the films entailed losses for Fox Star Studios and are flop at the box-office. Tanhaji is rock-steady on its fourth Friday with 2 crore plus collections. It will cross the 250 crore mark before the end of this week.