Saif Ali Khan (Varinder Chawla)
Saif Ali Khan at Comedy Nights with KapilVarinder Chawla

Saif Ali Khan's latest release "Bullett Raja" has failed to take off at the domestic box office.

"Bullett Raja", which belongs to the masala genre, was expected to get a good start in its opening weekend. However, the film's collections have not been up to the mark.

The action entertainer earned ₹6.25 crore on the opening day. The film's business escalated during the weekend, but did not live up to the expectations. Its opening weekend collections stood at ₹23.3 crore, according to Bollywood Hungama. 

However, the film has performed better than the recently released "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein" (₹9.50 crore), "Singh Saab The Great" (₹18.5 crore) as well as other 2013 releases including "Phata Poster Nikhla Hero" (₹21.25 crore), "Shuddh Desi Romance" (₹23.27 crore), "Madras Cafe" (₹21.01 crore), "Ghanchakkar" (₹22.30 crore), "Raanjhanaa" (₹20.08 crore), "Lootera" (₹19 crore) and "Go Goa Gone" (₹12.9 crore). 

The action entertainer, set in Uttar Pradsesh, has done well in the state as well as in Rajasthan. But its performance in Delhi and Mumbai areas has been below par. 

Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, "Bullett Raja" has Saif and Sonakshi Sinha playing the leads. Despite having an A-list star cast, the film has failed to impress the audience.

It is the third release of the year for Saif and Sonakshi. Saif has had a mixed year with one of his films ("Race 2") turning out to be a big hit, whereas the other two ("Go Goa Gone" and "Bullett Raja") are just average grossers. For Sonakshi, "Lootera" was a hit whereas "Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Doobara" failed to live up to the hype.

"Bullett Raja" had a solo big release worldwide on 29 November. Despite facing no competition from other releases, the film embarked on to a dull start and failed to witness significant growth in its opening weekend.

It remains to be seen as to how the film fares in the weekdays. The Saif starrer has just a few days left to rake in decent collections as Shahid Kapur's "R...Rajkumar" is all set to hit the screens on Friday (6 December). The Prabhu Deva directorial also belongs to the action genre and is likely to give strong competition to "Bullett Raja."