Akshay Kumar-Sonakshi Sinha starrer "Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobaara" is doing moderate business at the Indian box office. The crime thriller failed to rake in half the production cost from the first weekend collections.
Trade analysts and filmmakers' expectations were riding high on the gangster saga, but the film turned out to be a disappointment in terms of box office numbers.
Till Wednesday, the film has raked in approximately ₹50 crore from the domestic box office, as per early estimates. The film, a sequel to 2010 hit film "Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai", failed to enthrall the audience unlike the first installment.
The film faced major competition from "Chennai Express", which also did not receive good reviews from critics. Weak word-of mouth too affected the film's collection.
The weekend collections of the film were also below the mark.
"The film's Thursday collection was very good - nearly 90 per cent despite not having many shows. From Friday onwards, the shows increased, but the collection did not. Overall, it has failed to cross R40 crore in four days, which is very bad," trade analyst Amod Mehra said, according to Hindustan Times. "The film's budget was ₹95 crore, and since it isn't doing well, it is going to be difficult for the makers to recover the money in its two weeks run."
If the film continues its dull run at the box office, then it would be difficult for the makers to earn the production cost of over ₹90 crore.
Meanwhile, Ekta Kapoor, who is the producer of the film, is miffed with Shah Rukh Khan, blaming him for the film's failure.
"If UTV had lived up to its promise, OUATIMD could have raked in about ₹10 crore more on its opening day which in turn might have had a Domino effect on its subsequent collections. To add to Balaji's woes the halls they were given were small ones which in turn must have had an adverse effect on their opening day collection," The Times of India quoted a source from the industry as saying.