The government's move to curb black money by the demonetisation has impacted Bollywood to a great deal. From producers delaying shootings due to cash crunch to dry days at ticket windows, the Hindi film industry is struggling in its own ways.
Force 2 and Tum Bin 2 both have begun on a slow note at the domestic box office. However, John Abraham's action-thriller seems to be working a bit better than the romantic-drama film, starring Neha Sharma, Aashim Gulati and Aditya Seal.
As per early estimates, Force 2 has added Rs. 7 crore (approx) on its first Saturday, taking its two-day total to Rs. 13 crore (approx). Whereas, Tum Bin 2 has managed to rake in only Rs. 1 crore to its opening day collection of Rs. 0.80 lakh. The film's total collection, as of now, is at Rs. 1.80 crore and experts say its opening weekend total is unlikely to touch Rs. 5 crore.
There are a few reasons that could explain the numbers
Firstly, Force was released in around 1,800 screens, which is more than the number of screens Tum Bin 2 was opened in. Secondly, an action-thriller is, in most cases, preferred to a romantic-drama. Thirdly, the cast members and their respective fan following. Abraham and Sinha come with a loyal fan base, who will watch their films no matter what. Whereas, the Tum Bin 2 stars are fairly new in the business and it will be still a few years before they can bank on their admirers for their films to do well.
The interesting bit, however, is that Tum Bin 2 has been made with a modest budget of Rs. 12 crore. Therefore, it will not have much trouble breaking even. Meanwhile, it took Rs. 45 crore to make Force 2 and the film will cover its production costs if it continues to be stable at the box office in the coming week.