Arjun Kapoor's "Aurangzeb" turned out to be a huge disappointment at the overseas box office. The action and crime thriller received average response from audiences, leading to a decline in earnings.
Directed by debutant Atul Sabharwal, the crime drama has earned ₹2.99 crore ($5, 43,000) overseas in its opening weekend.
The film collected ₹23.29 lakh (£ 27,925) from 37 screens in the UK, ₹50.15 lakh ($91,000) from 62 screens in the US, ₹1.90 crore ($3, 44,000) from UAE, ₹8.70 lakh (A$ 16,174) from seven screens in Australia and ₹2.99 lakh (NZ$ 6,703) from eight screens in New Zealand.
The only circuit where the film fetched some good earnings was the UAE market.
The film, produced under the Yash Raj Productions banner, stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rishi Kapoor, Sashaa Agha, Swara Bhaskar, Jackie Shroff and Arjun who plays a double role.
Other films which were released before "Aurangzeb" are still running in theatres, and some are earning better than the Arjun starrer.
Saif Ali Khan's film "Go Goa Gone" earned more than ₹3 crore after its second weekend overseas. The film's collections are moving at a very slow pace in both Indian and overseas box offices.
"UK £ 79,339 [₹ 66.31 lacs] ... USA $ 270,139 [₹ 1.49 cr] ... Australia A$ 64,199 [₹ 34.52 lacs] New Zealand NZ$ 12,264 [₹ 5.47 lacs] after second weekend," trade analyst and film citric Taran Adarsh said.
The film, said to be India's first zombie film, is directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK. Apart from Saif, it also stars Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari.
Another release "Shootout at Wadala" is giving tough competition to both the above mentioned films.
"#SAW *total after 3rd Weekend* UK £ 162,113 [₹ 1.36 cr] ... USA $ 365,733 [₹ 2.02 cr] ... Australia A$ 123,313 [₹ 66.31 lacs]," Adarsh tweeted.
The Sanjay Gupta-directed film finished its third weekend with decent collections. The gangster drama features John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, and Sonu Sood in lead roles. It also has Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpai, Ronit Roy and Mahesh Manjrekar in supporting roles.