This week's new release Madras Cafe starring John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in leads, has done a decent business at the Indian Box Office in the first weekend. It has topped the domestic business chart, pushing Chennai Express and OUTIMD down to the second and third places, respectively. This political espionage thriller has smashed the first weekend collection record of John's Blockbuster solo movie Force.
With its expectations soared up to sky high, Madras Cafe released in 2,000 theatres on August 23. The John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri had a poor opening at the Indian Box Office. The movie registered 25% to 35% occupancy in the morning and matinee shows on its opening day, but it picked up very well in the later shows. It raked in Rs 5.17 crores nett on the first day and smashed the record of Force, which had collected Rs 5.05 crores on its opening day.
Madras Cafe garnered rave reviews from almost all the film critics and a powerful word of mouth took its business upwards. The movie collected Rs 7 crores on Saturday and Rs 8.5 crores on Sunday. With this, its first weekend collection stands at Rs 20.67 crores nett at the Indian Box Office. Trade experts say, this is a decent business for the film.
John Abraham's previous solo outing Force had collected Rs 16 crores (Rs 5.05 cr on Fri, Rs 4.75 cr on Sat and Rs 6.20 cr on Sun) at the domestic Box office in its opening weekend. Now, his latest release Madras Cafe has smashed this record. Trade analyst feel that having a strong word of mouth, the movie would also do well on weekdays.