Hrithik Roshan's "Mohenjo Daro," which is running at a slow pace at the box office, witnessed a drastic drop in its collection on the fifth day. The film is struggling to enter the Rs.50 crore club at the Indian box office even after five days of its release.
"Mohenjo Daro" raked in around Rs.8.87 crore at the Indian box office on its opening day and witnessed a marginal increase in its occupancy on Saturday (Rs. 9.60 crore) and Sunday (Rs.12.07 crore). Considering that the film was released over the long weekend (Monday- Independence Day holiday), the numbers were expected to increase. However, the Monday figures dropped further (Rs.10.36 crore) at domestic box office.
According to early estimates, the Hrithik and Pooja Hegde starrer collected approximately Rs. 5 crore nett at the Indian box office on Tuesday, taking its total five day domestic total to about Rs. 45.90 crore nett. The drastic drop in the business can be attributed to "Mohenjo Daro" clashing with Akshay Kumar's "Rustom" at the box office. Had the film got a solo release, it would have managed to collect approximately Rs. 9 crore nett in the domestic box office.
"Mohenjo Daro" was considered to be Hrithik comeback of sorts after two years. The period drama is far behind "Rustom," which is inching closer to Rs.100 crore mark. While the Akshay starrer was released in over 2,317 screens across the domestic market and is enjoying a good run, the Ashutosh Gowariker directorial, despite having been released in 2500 screens, is struggling to pull the audience to theatres.
However, the makers are hopeful as the film is expected to see a growth during Rakshabandhan festival on Thursday. Further, people who have watched "Rustom" may consider giving "Mohenjo Daro" a try. It is likely to see a decent growth in the second week as well considering that the only film releasing on Friday, Aug.19 is "Happy Bhaag Jaayegi," which is a low budget film starring Abhay Deol, Jimmy Shergill and Diana Penty.