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Box office: Disastrous opening weekend for Helicopter Eela, Tumbbad, Jalebi and Fryday

Kajol-starrer Helicopter Eela made just Rs3.05 crore nett, while Tumbbad, Jalebi and Fryday earned Rs2.75 crore nett, Rs1.65 crore nett and Rs1.10 crore nett, respectively.

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Four Hindi film were released on Friday, 12 October — Kajol-starrer Helicopter Eela, mythological horror film Tumbbad, Vishesh Films’ Jalebi and Govinda-starrer FryDay. However, all of them had a disappointing opening weekend at the box office. They were released in around 2,500 screens, but could not touch even Rs10 crore collectively in the opening weekend.

Kajol-starrer Helicopter Eela was the most hyped among the four, but it could make only Rs3.05 crore nett, as reported by Boxofficeindia.com. The film is made at an estimated budget of Rs20 crore.

Helicopter Eela review: Banal storytelling is the downfall of this Kajol-starrer

Mythological period drama Tumbbad, co-produced by Sohum Shah and Aanand L Rai, received good reviews, but could barely earn Rs2.75 crore in its opening weekend. It earned Rs50 lakh on Friday, but showed improvement as it managed to collect Rs1 crore nett and Rs1.25 crore nett on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Tumbbad is said to be made at an estimated budget of Rs15 crore nett.

Tumbbad review: Deliciously morbid and fascinatingly metaphorical

It looks like after the disaster Aagaya Hero (2017), fans have stayed away from Govinda-starrer FryDay. The film earned Rs1.10 crore nett in the opening weekend. Govinda is upset with the distributor [PVR] for not giving adequate screens for his film, according to a report.

Pinkvilla.com quoted Govinda as saying, "Art, or rather any form of creativity should be encouraged. Any businessman should keep commerce in mind but why with a pre-conceived idea? Even if they had a pre-conceived idea, they should know by now that FryDay has been welcomed well - so now they need to step up the shows pronto. I had a word with them and we are going to talk again on Monday, which is when I believe that the remedial measures will be taken."

FryDay review: Govinda, Varun Sharma offer a few laughs and some food for thought

Vishesh Films’ Jalebi could collect Rs1.65 crore nett.

The four films have only this week to make good business, as the much-awaited Ayushmann Khuranna-starrer Badhaai Ho will be released on 19 October.