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Bank Chor fails to loot box office on opening day, earns Rs1.4 crore nett

Made at a modest budget of Rs15 crore, the Riteish Deshmukh-starrer finished with a poor Rs1.4 crore nett on the opening day.

Mayur Lookhar

It is always a challenge for a film with Riteish Deshmukh as its leading star. Despite some innovative and fun-filled marketing strategies, Y-Films’ (a subsidiary of Yash Raj Films) Bank Chor has failed to launch a successful heist at the box office on its opening day. The heist comedy could only bag Rs1.40 crore nett on its opening day, as reported by BoxOfficeIndia.com. The film was released across 700 screens in India. 

The largely negative reviews have not helped the film’s cause. The only advantage for the film lies in its fairly low budget of Rs15 crore. The film will have to do better than its opening day if it even plans on breaking even.

The low opening numbers are a familiar trend for Deshmukh. Among the actor's earlier films, Banjo (2016) had managed just Rs1.5 crore, while Bangistan (2015) had only collected Rs1 crore on its opening day.

Diljit Dosanjh’s Punjabi release, Super Singh, enjoyed a good opening day notching up a collection of Rs1.80 crore nett. The regional film bagged around Rs1.37 crore in Punjab, while its rest of the India collections amounted to Rs40 lakh nett. It is the fifth biggest opening for a Punjabi film with the record being held by Dosanjh's other film, Sardaarji 2 (2016) that managed Rs2.37 crore nett on its opening day.

Last week’s (9 June) big release Raabta crashed out of theatres after crossing Rs20 crore nett in its first week. 

Meanwhile, Irrfan Khan’s Hindi Medium continued to draw in the crowds. The film reached the Rs60 crore nett mark. The film bagged Rs45 lakh nett on the fifth Friday since its release.

For Bank Chor, Saturday might be crucial. The India-Pakistan cricket match on Sunday, 18 July, is likely to cut into its Sunday collections. Salman Khan’s Tubelight also hits the screens next week, so Deshmukh's film has very limited time to add to its plunder.