The collections of John Abraham's "Madras Cafe" has dropped on the eighth day (30 August), raking in only around ₹1.5 crore to ₹1.75 crore.
The collection of the film was badly affected by the release of "Satyagraha", starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai, Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Rao.
"#MadrasCafe got affected by #Satyagraha yesterday. Week 2 Fri collected ₹1.5 cr to ₹1.75 cr. Biz expected to escalate on Saturday," film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
"Madras Cafe" is getting better collections in circuits including Mumbai, Delhi/UP, East Punjab and Mysore while other circuits contribute smaller amounts, according to BoxofficeIndia.
The political drama flick has scored big at multiplexes earning ₹33.81 crore in the first week. It witnessed a huge jump in the first weekend and continued to do well in the weekdays too.
However, Friday's collections (30 August) dropped drastically following the release of "Satyagraha" - a film which deals with corruption in the government.
Directed by Prakash Jha, "Satyagraha" has taken a fantastic opening, minting around ₹11 crore on the first day. It remains to be seen if "Madras Cafe" will pick up again in its second weekend (31 August to 1 September). If the drop in the collections continues, it may not cross the ₹50-crore mark at the domestic box office.
Meanwhile, "Madras Cafe" lead actor John Abraham has expressed happiness over the film's performance at the box office. "I am very happy and proud of 'Madras Cafe'. The film is growing by word-of-mouth. The film was made in a very smart budget and it is doing well at the box office," he told Indo-Asian News Service.
Directed by Shoojit Sircar, "Madras Cafe" has John appearing as a RAW agent and Nargis Fakhri as a journalist. Theatre personality and filmmaker Prakash Belawadi dons the role of Bala - John Abraham's nemesis. Tamil actor Ajay Ratnam features as LTF leader Anna Bhaskaran, a character based upon LTTE chief Prabhakaran
The film is based on civil war in Sri Lanka that happened in the 1980s and also illustrates the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.