Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh
Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh in LooteraLootera/Facebook

Despite receiving rave reviews from critics, romantic film, "Lootera" failed to earn big at the domestic box office on first day of its release.

The film starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha opened to low start at the domestic box office. As per early estimates, the intense love story raked in over ₹5 crores from theaters across India on Friday.

The first day collection of the Ranveer-Sonakshi starrer is below the mark as compared to films like "Raanjhanaa" and "Ghanchakkar". Both "Raanjhanaa" and "Ghanchakkar" minted around ₹7 crore on the day of release.

"Lootera", inspired from O Henry's 'The Last Leaf', opened to an average occupancy at multiplexes but quite dull at single screens.

The film did well in West Bengal as it was set there the collections from North and Central circuits like Delhi, NCR region were not up to the expectations

The morning shows were dull, though it picked up the pace in the second half of the day. Positive word of mouth and rave reviews should help the film to pick up in the weekend. However, it could join the league of films that failed at the box office despite good storyline, if it doesn't pick up in the weekend.

"'Lootera's' overall performance depends on how it manages to score during the first weekend. Like "Raanjhanaa", the movie with the unusual storyline will have to convince viewers to come to the theatres," Business Today quoted a trade analyst as saying.

The romantic period drama is produced by Phantom Films and Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Motion Pictures and directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, who shot into limelight with "Udaan".