The Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood and Manushi Chhillar directed Samrat Prithviraj released in theaters yesterday i.e. 3rd June 2022 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The film directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is based on Prithviraj Raso, a poem written by Chand Bardai, a court poet of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan in the 12th century. The film opened to a lukewarm reception at the box office as it had a very poor opening, despite the many factors that favored the historical epic to perform better on day one.
Samrat Prithviraj collected between Rs. 10.30 cr and 10.80 cr net at the box office on the first day. There is a chance that it will fetch Rs. 11 cr net at the box office in smaller centers because the film is doing relatively well in those cities. Presales suggested a single-digit opening but collections shifted during the day and the film was able to secure a double-digit opening. However, a double-digit opening is no consolation as the film ideally needed to open around the Rs. 20 cr net range to make an impact. Yash Raj Films has invested heavily in this project and the film needs miraculous weekend growth and strong weekday staying power to leave an impression.
Films not opening to desired numbers have become a common phenomenon in Bollywood with only a handful of films opening to respectable numbers. Samrat Prithviraj has a nominal opening but it’s far from good. The two releases that locked horns with Samrat Prithviraj i.e. Major with Adivi Vesh and Saiee Manjrekar and Vikram – Hitlist with Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupati and Fahadh Faasil did well in domestic markets but failed to put on a show in Hindi with total sum of collections under Rs. 1 cr net. Samrat Prithviraj’s Saturday numbers will give an idea of where the film is headed as far as the box office is concerned.
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