"Mohenjo Daro"
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Despite a slow start at the box office, "Mohenjo Daro" has become the fourth biggest opener for Hrithik Roshan and the ninth biggest opener of the year.

On seeing early trends, trade analysts had predicted that the Ashutosh Gowariker directorial would collect over Rs. 12 crore nett on the first day, but it failed to do so. "Mohenjo Daro" ended up collecting Rs. 8.87 crore nett.

Taran Adarsh ‏tweeted: "#MohenjoDaro Fri ₹ 8.87 cr. India biz... Will need to show solid growth to leave a mark!"

"Mohenjo Daro" was expected to be the biggest opener for Hrithik, beating the record of previous releases -- "Bang Bang," "Krrish 3" and "Agneepath." But the movie has failed to do so. Its first day collection is only a few lakh more than the opening day business of 2011 multi-starrer "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara," starring Hrithik with Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol.

"Mohenjo Daro" is one of the most expensive films in the career of Hrithik and Ashutosh, who had earlier worked together in "Jodha Akbar." The success of the movie had created huge expectations about their second collaboration. More than that, it is the title and story of the film that generated a lot of curiosity about the movie. Its promos had soared up viewers' expectations sky high.

Considering the hype and promotion, trade experts had predicted that the film would start with a bang and become one of the top five biggest openers of the year. But the Hrithik starrer clashed with "Rustom," another most-hyped movie starring superstar Akshay Kumar, and was forced to share a large chunk of screens.

"Mohenjo Daro" opened to an average occupancy in the morning show. The film received mixed reviews and so far failed to connect with the audience.

"Mohenjo Daro" opened to an average occupancy in the morning show. The film received mixed talk and failed to connect with the audience of the first show on day one. The word of mouth also took a toll on its business in other shows.

Rank Movie Release Opening Day
1 Bang Bang Oct.2, 2014 Rs. 27.54 Crore
2 Krrish 3  Nov.1, 2013 Rs. 25.50 Crore
3 Agneepath Jan.26, 2012 Rs. 23 Crore
4 Mohenjo Daro Aug 12, 2016 Rs. 8.87 crore
5 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara  July 15, 2011 Rs. 8.00 Crore

"Mohenjo Daro" was expected to be one the top biggest Bollywood openers of 2016 in the domestic market. Its collection was to be on par with that of "Sultan," "Fan" and "Housefull 3." But the movie has failed to make it to the top 10 biggest Bollywood openers of the year. Here is the list and the numbers may vary from the actual figures, as they are based on various reports.

Rank  Film Release 1st Day
1 Sultan   July 6 Rs.36.54 Crore
2 Fan  April 15 Rs. 19.20 Crore
3 Housefull 3 June 3 Rs.15.21 Crore
4 Rustom  Aug.12 Rs. 14.11 Crore
5 Airlift Jan.22 Rs. 12.35 Crore
6 Baaghi  April 29 Rs. 11.94 Crore
7 Dishoom  July 29 Rs. 11.05 Crore
8 Udta Punjab  June 17 Rs. 10.05 Crore
9 Mohenjo Daro  Aug.12 Rs 8.87 crore
10 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 Jan 22 Rs.8.15 Crore