The year 2014 witnessed a few most-anticipated, big star films failing to set the cash registers ringing. Despite having popular actors in lead roles, the films did not fare well as they failed to entertain the audience with their content.
From Mahesh Babu's "Aagadu" to Jr NTR's "Rabhasa," check out the list of films that did not perform well at the box office.
Mahesh Babu's "1 Nenokkadine" was critically-acclaimed but the film turned out to be a box office dud.
"1 Nenokkadine," which hit the screens on 9 January, took good openings thanks to Mahesh's star power. Although the psychological thriller flick received decent reviews from the critics, audience were not impressed with the film's content. Lack of entertainment was cited as the reason for the film receiving average feedback from the audience. However, Mahesh's impressive performance received accolades from both critics and fans.
"1 Nenokkadine" minted only ₹28.9 crore share in its full run at the worldwide box office.
Jr NTR's "Rabhasa" minted ₹27.75 crore at the worldwide box office. The film turned out to be a huge disaster as its worldwide theatricals were reportedly valued at ₹44.5 crore, reported Andhraboxoffice.
There were huge expectations on "Rabhasa" as it was an NTR starrer. However, the film met with average reviews with many citing it as a regular action entertainer with nothing new to offer. With the failure of "Rabhasa," NTR has had two back-to-back flops including the 2013-release "Ramayya Vastavayya."
The actor is currently working in Puri Jagannadh's "Temper," which is expected to hit the screens in February 2015.
Mahesh Babu's second release of 2014 also failed to strike gold at the box office. The film, directed by Srinu Vaitla, was a complete commercial entertainer with loads of action and comedy. But, many critics and the audience cited that "Aagadu" was more like a rehash of Vaitla's past releases. The Mahesh Babu-starrer did not perform as expected and managed to rake in only ₹34.25 crore.
Besides these direct Telugu films, a few dubbed flicks of big stars also failed to perform well at the box office.
Vikrama Simha and Lingaa
Rajinikanth's films have turned out to be flops at the AP/Nizam box office. While the Tamil version of "Vikrama Simha" emerged as an average grosser, the Telugu version was a disaster at the box office. The film could not sustain its business due to poor reviews and competition from Nagarjuna's "Manam."
On the other hand, "Lingaa" (Tamil and Telugu version) has emerged as the biggest earner of 2014. However, the Telugu version has turned out to be a flop at the box office.
The Telugu dubbed version of Suriya's Tamil film "Anjaan" also failed to set the cash registers ringing owing to poor reviews. Critics and the audience panned the film for its content. Even the Tamil version did not fare well at the box office.