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Box office: Shah Rukh Khan's Zero bags a disappointing Rs54.60 crore nett

With an estimated budget of Rs200 crore, the Anand L Rai film Zero faces a tough task to recover costs. Meanwhile, Kannada film, K.G.F Chapter 1, edged out Zero with Rs60 crore nett over the weekend. 

Mayur Lookhar

It has been a weak year for the big stars. Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan turned out to be a disaster. For its humongous budget (Rs543 crore), even 2.0 has grossed over only Rs600 crore worldwide. And now, Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero, too, has disappointed in its first weekend. The Aanand L Rai film has bagged a disappointing Rs54.60 crore nett in its opening weekend, as reported by BoxOfficeIndia.com.  

Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions, Zero opened to an average Rs19.35 crore nett on Friday. The reviews and the word of mouth about the film have not been good, and, worryingly for Khan, the Saturday collection dipped further to Rs17 crore nett. On Sunday, it only grew marginally to Rs18.25 crore nett. 

Made at an estimated budget of Rs200 crore, Zero released across 4400 screens in India, and 1500 screens in the overseas market. Zero is based on the life of a dwarf Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) who tries to win over over his aggrieved lover Aafiya (Anushka Sharma) by attempting to get a star from the sky. 

Most of Shah Rukh Khan's films have done well overseas. However, Zero hasn't had a good start in the overseas market either. The film made around $5 million (Rs35 crore) in the overseas market. $1.75 million (Rs12.29 crore) of this came from the Gulf market. In terms of most successful Hindi films overseas, Zero took the fifth spot falling behind Aamir Khan starrer, Thugs of Hindostan $5.7 million (Rs40 crore). 

Meanwhile, Kannada film K.G.F Chapter One has stunned the much fancied Hindi film by raking in Rs60 crore nett in its opening weekend  Produced by Hombale films, the Hindi version distributed by Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment has bagged over Rs10 crore. The film was released in Kannada with a dubbed version in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam. Made at an estimated budget of Rs80 crore, K.G.F released across 2400 plus screens in India, with 1500 screens in the Hindi belt. 

Starring Kannada's rising star Yash,  K.G.F is a period action film set in the Kolar Gold Fields.