Everyone expected Parineeta to embark on a flying start. But the Friday collections -- in the range of 45% to 75% -- did catch the trade watchers by surprise [the multiplexes showed a better start]. Ideally, this 2005 adaptation of an early 20th century classic should've garnered a 90% + start everywhere, irrespective of the merits of the film.
The multiplexes of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata performed exceedingly well in the first weekend, while the business at some single screens [those frequented by hardcore masses] was not befitting a biggie. The business ranged from average to dull at places.
THIS WEEK IN 2004 [Weekend: June 4-6, 2004]
Aan took a good start at several centres, but the collections started sliding downwards from Day 2 [Saturday], which clearly indicated that a strong face-value can attract audiences on Day 1, but what counts eventually is the content. It's simple: No substance, no audience!
While the opening weekend of Aan was quite impressive in Mumbai, the drop in the b.o. collections from Monday onwards must've caught its distributors unaware. Even at key stations of Gujarat and Maharashtra, the film followed a similar pattern.