Released at 1850 screens, the film also had paid previews on Thursday evenings. The collection from previews and Friday shows stands just a little over Rs. 7 crore nett, which is below the mark for a film by Vishal Bhardwaj, known to blend art and commerce seamlessly in his films like Omkara and Kaminey.
The occupancy in theatres on Friday ranged between 35 to 50 percent, the response being a little better at multiplexes in Delhi. The critics too have been divided in their appraisal of the film, with some dubbing it as ‘boring’, ‘uninspiring’, ‘disappointing’, while the others hailing it for its many subtle moments of entertainment.
The upshot is that Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola will have to show a decent rise in collections on Saturday and Sunday to have a good opening weekend.
Meanwhile, the last week’s release Table No. 21 rounded off its first week with a collection of Rs. 9.5 crore nett, which is decent. Dabangg 2 too continued its good run in the third week and its grand total now stands at Rs. 155 crore nett. The film won’t cross the collections of Ek Tha Tiger.