The Friday release Hasee Toh Phasee has got glowing reviews from most critics, but it took off to a slow start at the box office.
As per early estimates, the film made more than Rs. 4 crore on its opening day. The final figure could well be between Rs. 4 crore and 4.5 crore net (India business only).
While the film, starring Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra, has opened well at metros like Mumbai and Delhi, the response at the mass belt centres has been tepid. The morning shows didn’t draw in many footfalls, but the crowd pouring in as the day wore on.
Critics have praised Hasee Toh Phasee and the film’s leading actress Parineeti Chopra has particularly come in for a lot of appreciation. Trade pundits opine that the film’s business should pick up on Saturday and Sunday. Its opening weekend business is likely to be in the Rs. 20 crore range.
The other three releases, namely Heartless, Babloo Happy Hai and Ya Rab fared poorly on the opening day. Though Heartless did get a little crowd, the other two were virtual washouts.