Shehzada by Rohit Dhawan, starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, isn’t doing as well at the box office as one might anticipate. According to industry watcher Sacnilk, the Kartik Aaryan film, which made Rs 6 crore on its first day, made roughly the same amount on its second day. However, given that the opening weekend is the most important test for a movie, this is a rather underwhelming performance for a Kartik Aaryan movie, especially for a Saturday.
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Both the single screens and the national chains have had underwhelming performances. It is completely unexpected that the movie will gross less than Rs 20 crore in its opening weekend. Even though it was a Buy-One-Get-One-Free deal on the tickets, the movie did not benefit.
Kartik Aaryan, who had a smashing success with his movie Bhool Bhulaiyyaa 2 last year, is likely to take a hit from this. The horror-comedy was one of the few box office successes in Bollywood last year, grossing over Rs 180 crore. Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan, which is still doing well in its third week and is aiming for the Rs 1000 crore club internationally, is another rival to Shehzada. The movie is already one of the biggest successes of 2023 and has grossed over Rs 500 crore in India alone. Additionally, Marvel’s Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which made Rs 9 crore on its opening day, sidelined Shehzada.
The popular movie Ala Vailkunthapurramaloo starring Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde has an official remake in Shehzada. The original movie had a day-earlier release than Mahesh Babu’s Sarileru Neekevvaru and capitalised on the Sankranthi festival.