The much-hyped remake of the 1983 Blockbuster romantic-action film Himmatwala was expected to get a record breaking opening and surpass Rs 50 crore mark at the domestic Box Office in the first weekend. The film registered good amount of occupancy at single screens especially in mass oriented circuits like UP, Bihar, Gujarat, CP, CI and Rajasthan. But its business was very low in multiplexes.
Himmatwala garnered negative reviews from the film critics, who bashed Sajid Khan for his bad direction and a bad word of mouth spread like wildfire on the following days. Instead of showing big jump, the movie dropped considerably on Saturday and Sunday and its decline was substantial at several centres.
The Ajay Devgn and Tamanna starrer has collected Rs 31.1 crores nett at the Indian Box Office in the first weekend and its breakup is Rs 12.1 cr on Fri, Rs 8.5 cr on Sat and Rs 10.5 cr on Sun. With this, Himmatwala has failed to smash the record of Ajay last release Son of Sardar, which had raked in Rs 39.15 crores nett in three days despite having tough clash with Shahrukh Khan's Jab Tak Hain Jaan.
However, Himmatwala is one of the highly-awaited Hindi movies of 2013 and the makers have had a massive promotions for it. Besides, the film, which hit a record breaking number of screens across the country on March 29, is the solo release on Good Friday holiday. Its collection should have been double of what it has earned now.