'Bobby Jasoos' collects 7 crore in the opening weekend

Vidya Balan achieved great success with the 2012 film ‘Kahaani’. But since then two of her releases have failed at the box office. On top of that, she was constantly in the center of pregnancy and divorce rumors. For all these reasons, Vidya Balan was hoping that her film ‘Bobby Jasoos’ would take her out of this rough patch. She worked quite hard to promote the film as much as possible.  The film was released last Friday, 4th July. 

Despite having an interesting plot and a powerful actor like Vidya Balan at the helm, the Samar Sheikh directed film has got a less than impressive opening. It has been pushed back to the second place by last week’s release ‘Ek Villain.’ In its first weekend the film has failed to touch the 10 crores mark despite releasing in 1350 screens. Its three day collection is around Rs. 5.31 crores. Its Friday collections were dismal at only Rs 1.78 crores and occupancy was below 30%. In comparison, Vidya’s ‘Dirty Picture’ had raked in Rs 9.25 crores on its first day. Since the film received decent reviews, it was hoped that business would pick up on weekends because of word of mouth. While it did show some improvements on Saturday and Sunday it was nothing to write home about. On Saturday, the collections increased and reached the figure of Rs 2.53 crores. On Sunday the collections reached the peak at Rs. 3 crores. The film has been made on an impressive budget of Rs. 25 crores but so far it has recovered only 20% of its production cost.  To turn in a profit, ‘Bobby Jasoos’ needs to show remarkable improvement this week but as of now the chances of that are really slim.

Vidya Balan’s performance in the film has been praised by the critics but they have also pointed out several flaws that weaken the film. The lack of stars other than Vidya can also be counted among the drawbacks of the film.  However Vidya Balan is still hopeful that a strong word of mouth will help the film to perform much better in the coming days. After the release Vidya said, “Every film is unique and each film has its own destiny. We all have worked hard and now it's up to the audience. Women centric films have a slow start, but what is encouraging is that 'Bobby Jasoos' had a great start…We are hoping word of mouth really pulls it off. Besides, there is a huge jump in the numbers. Hopefully, it will be growing. I am happy about the film we have made."