The Hindi version of Ranveer Singh‘s 83 managed to collect a mere Rs 7 crore (net) on Monday, making for a four-day total collection of only Rs 51 crore (net), as per Box Office India. The film released on Friday.
83 was expected to do better due to the Christmas and New Year vacations, especially given the hype around it with its huge budget and star-studded cast. However, according to the BOI report, the Hindi version of the film earned a meagre Rs 11.96 crore (net) on its first day, followed by Rs 16 crore (net) and Rs 16.5 crore (net) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Unlike the previous major Hindi release Sooryavanshi, Singh’s film has failed to attract the audience. The Akshay Kumar-starrer had collected a whopping Rs 77 crore (net) in its opening weekend, taking full advantage of the Diwali holiday in which it released. Singh’s film was lagging almost halfway behind this mark at the end of its opening weekend.
Due to its poor performance, smaller theatres are gradually reducing shows for the Kabir Khan-directorial and replacing it with other films. Anupam Reddy, an executive committee member of the Telangana State Film Chamber of Commerce, told Silverscreen India that the film had started with five shows at his Sudha Multiplex in Hyderabad, but due to the “bad” response, has been cut to only three screenings a day. On the other hand, Pushpa and the Hollywood film Spider-Man: No Way Home are still playing for six and five shows, respectively, in their second week.
Early on Tuesday, a trade source told Silverscreen India on condition of anonymity that 83 might struggle to even make it to week two. “With Jersey coming up for release it is doubtful whether 83 will be given even one screen at the smaller theatres. Its only hope currently rests with the bigger multiplexes. The producers of 83 had demanded so many shows and even asked theatre owners to remove shows of other films to play this instead. No one agreed to do that and it turns out that was a good decision. The film seems to have failed content-wise despite having big names associated with it and its future is looking bleak.”
To make matters worse, 83 won’t be able to run in Delhi from Tuesday due to the government’s order to shut down cinema halls and multiplexes to curb the rise in Covid-19 cases.
The only possible relief for the film is the postponement of Jersey, which was set to release in theatres on Friday, December 31. On Tuesday, the makers of the Shahid Kapoor-starrer announced that the film has been postponed due to the rising Covid-19 cases across the country. A new release date is yet to be revealed. This can potentially work in favour of 83, if it is able to get screens.
Meanwhile, according to the BOI report, 83 is faring better in the South Indian markets, especially in Mysore and Tamil Nadu, with the Tamil version in particular performing decently.
Directed by Kabir Khan, the sports drama also stars Deepika Padukone, Jiiva, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Nishant Dahiya, Sahil Khattar, and several others.
The film is jointly produced by Kabir Khan, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Madhu Mantena’s Phantom Films, Deepika Padukone’s Ka Productions, Sajid Nadiadwala, Reliance Entertainment, and 83 Film Ltd.