Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar starrer Samrat Prithviraj registered a sharp drop at the box office on Monday. The period drama had shown some growth over the weekend, but saw lukewarm collections on Monday. The movie, directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, plays Akshay in the titular role of the 12th-century king Prithviraj Chauhan. Read also| Samrat Prithviraj review: No one seems human in Akshay Kumar’s part eulogy, part misguided feminist epic
Trading analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest box office numbers for the film on Tuesday, noting that the film underperformed expectations on its fourth day. He tweeted: “#SamratPrithviraj has a sharp drop on day 4 [Mon]…Should have scored in double digits or thereabouts to make up for the unsatisfactory biz on days 1 and 2…Biz at national chains remains dull…Fri 10.70 cr, Sat 12.60 cr, Sun 16.10 cr, Mon 5 cr . Total: 44.40 cr. #Indian affairs.”
The film’s collections were down 55% compared to Sunday, a significant number. According to a report in BoxOfficeIndia.com, “The hold just isn’t good enough as the film had to drop about 30% to have a chance to do good business in its last run.” However, trading sources estimate that the film could recoup its costs based on these figures and other sources such as satellite and digital rights.
Samrat Prithviraj, originally titled Prithiviraj, revolves around the first battle of Tarain between the king Prithviraj Chauhan and Mohammed Ghori of the Ghurid dynasty, and his romance with Sanyogita. Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar, who played Sanyogita, marked her Bollywood debut with the film.
The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Manav Vij and Ashutosh Rana, among others. Sonu Sood, who plays Chand Bardai, had told Hindustan Times about the film’s poor box office collections: “It may not have delivered as much business as expected, but we have to accept that things are a little different after the pandemic.”
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