BOX OFFICE: R… Rajkumar – Average Day 1, Yet Shahid Kapoor’s Highest Collection

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R… Rajkumar, starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, arrived on Friday, December 6, 2013. The film mostly got bad reviews, and failed to impress the critics.

The overall occupancy for R… Rajkumar was in the range of 40-45% on Friday, Day 1. The film performed well in Mumbai, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Bihar. In these regions, the single screen collections are better than multiplexes.

While, as we reported earlier, R… Rajkumar has failed to impress audiences in North Indian circuit: Delhi, Punjab and UP mainly, where it registered in the range of 30-35% occupancy on Day 1.

According to initial reports, R… Rajkumar has collected in the range of Rs 88.6 million (8.86 crore) nett on it’s opening day. More clearer picture on the figure will be available post the weekend phase.

This also makes R… Rajkumar the biggest opener for Shahid Kapoor. Shahid’s highest collection was for Mausam in 2011. Mausam collected in the range of Rs 70 million (7 crore) nett on it’s opening day.

While the reviews are not favorable, the public opinion is ranging from good to mixed. We asked a few cine-goers, who had just finished watching R… Rajkumar on the first day.

Bansi Sharma, 23 from Mumbai said, “It’s an entertaining film, I loved it.” Jasmin Rozia, 19, from Surat, Gujarat, who had arrived with his entire group of friends said, “It’s very much like Dabangg. But really refreshing to see Shahid Kapoor. We enjoyed it.” Nisha Garg, 34, a housewife from Nagpur, who watched the film with her family said, “Kids enjoyed it, but I didn’t like it. Sonakshi must really stop doing such roles.”

We also caught up with a group of around 20-24 girls, all in their late teens in Ahmedabad, who eagerly waited for the first show since many days. Rujuta Shah, the group leader said, “We all are die-hard Shahid Kapoor fans, and it’s definitely a must watch for all Shanatics.”

Though Saturday for R… Rajkumar has begun on a dull note, the fate of the film on weekend remains to be seen.

R… Rajkumar is directed by Prabhu Deva, and produced by Viki Rajani and Sunil Lulla. The film also features Sonu Sood, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mukul Dev and Asrani in key roles, besides Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha.

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