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Box office: Kalank collection drops to Rs3.50 crore nett on first Monday 

Vivek Agnihotri’s The Tashkent Files made Rs45 lakh nett on its second Monday to take its India business of Rs6 crore nett so far.

Mayur Lookhar

Dharma Productions' Kalank is looking down the barrel after just six days since its release. The film collected a meagre Rs3.5 crore nett on its first Monday, as reported by Boxofficeindia.com. Kalank has made Rs66 crore nett in its India business in six days.

The Monday collection dropped over 60% from its Sunday collection of Rs11 crore nett. Kalank stars Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit. It is directed by Abhishek Varman.

The drop in the first Monday collection is similar to the one seen with Akshay Kumar’s Gold (2018). Both films released on a Wednesday, with Gold releasing on a holiday, 15 August.

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Gold opened at Rs23.63 crore nett, while Kalank opened to Rs21 crore nett. Thereafter, though, the business dropped with Gold making just Rs3.70 crore nett on its first Monday. After six days, Gold’s domestic figure stood at Rs70.34 crore nett. Gold, directed by Reema Kagti, was released on 3,050 screens in India and the Excel Entertainment film made Rs102.01 crore nett in its domestic business. Akshay Kumar had to compete with the action drama Satyameva Jayate, starring John Abraham.

With Kalank, even though there was no stiff competition, the film has disappointed. Panned by critics, Kalank is likely to struggle to even reach the Rs100-crore mark, considering that big-ticket Hollywood film Avengers: Endgame is set to be released on 26 April.

Made at an estimated budget of Rs160 crore, Kalank was released on 4,000 screens in India and 1,200 screens in the overseas market.

Meanwhile, holdover release The Tashkent Files has managed to float in its second week. The film opened on 250 screens and once Kalank was released, it was reduced to just 110-120 screens, director Vivek Agnihotri told Cinestaan.com.

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The Tashkent Files made Rs45 lakh nett on its second Monday to take its India business of Rs6 crore nett so far. The first Monday collection was Rs35 lakh nett. The political drama, that looks into the mysterious death of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, had made Rs2.20 crore nett in its opening weekend. While the second-weekend business stood at Rs2.05 crore nett.