After taking the box office by storm yesterday, occupancy of Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan’s Thugs Of Hindostan has fallen today. We spoke to programmers of major multiplexes across the country who believe that collections will decline due to negative reviews
Prasad Toraskar, Programmer, PVR
The opening was 60-65 per cent in my channel, which is not a good number at all. Collections today will be way less than yesterday. People do not like the film and the report is not good either.
Rajender Singh Jyala, Programmer, INOX
Thugs Of Hindostan created a storm at the box office yesterday but the numbers will fall today since the reports are not good and neither is the word-of-mouth. The occupancy of the morning and noon shows was about 65 per cent. However, the film has two more holidays to benefit from. Let’s hope for the best.
Ashok Kavthankar, Programmer, Carnival
Thugs Of Hindostan witnessed occupancy of 16.1 per cent at our channel, all over the country, as far as the morning shows are concerned. The evening and night shows will determine whether or not the film picks up eventually. The reports are also negative and advance booking is not good either.
Yogesh Raizada, Programmer, Wave
The opening in my channel was 50-55 per cent everywhere and occupancy fell significantly during both the morning and the noon shows. The collections, hence, will also witness a decline. We expected a lot from this film but it will not last long at the box office.
Meenu Singh, Programmer, SRS
Occupancy this morning was less than 50 per cent. The reviews are negative. Contrary to what we believed earlier, this film will not be able to breach the Rs 200-crore mark by Sunday. In several centres, barely any tickets have been booked. Advance booking for shows in the latter half of the day and for tomorrow does not look good at all. The film has no repeat value. To top that, the ticket prices are too high. All these factors are negatively impacting the film.
Hiren Patel, Programmer, Wide Angle
Not many people have turned up at theatres today. We thought the film would smash all box-office records and earn Rs 200 crore by Sunday, but the chances are bleak now. The occupancy for the shows in the first half of the day was very poor, around 35 per cent. Better reviews would have helped the film.
Pushkaraj Chaphalkar, Programmer, Citypride
The occupancy dropped to 30 per cent from 80 per cent yesterday. As a result, the collections will see a drop by 50 per cent compared to yesterday. Hopefully, the numbers will rise with the latter shows. But negative reviews and word-of-mouth are hampering the film.