Aamir Khan's much anticipated film Laal Singh Chaddha released in theatres on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan (August 11). However, despite all the hype and positive to mixed reviews from the critics, the Advait Chandan-directorial began its journey at the box office on a dull note.
The film which clashed with Akshay Kumar-starrer Raksha Bandhan collected Rs 12 Crore on its opening day. Reportedly, this is Aamir's lowest opening movie in the last 13 years. The film fared a little better in the premium multiplexes as compared to the small screens.
Shockingly, the opening of Laal Singh Chaddha is less than Aamir Khan's last release, Thugs Of Hindostan (Rs 52.25 Crore) which was one of the biggest flops in Bollywood in 2018.
Speaking about Laal Singh Chaddha's performance on Day 2, the Aamir Khan film minted Rs 7.26 Crore. The total two-day box office collection now stands at Rs 18.96 Crore.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, "#LaalSinghChaddha falls flat on Day 2... Drop at national chains... Mass pockets face steep fall... 2-day total is alarmingly low for an event film... Extremely crucial to score from Sat-Mon... Thu 11.70 cr, Fri 7.26 cr. Total: ₹ 18.96 cr. #India biz. Note: #HINDI version."
Earlier, during the promotions of Laal Singh Chaddha, Aamir had talked about the key reason why the audience isn't interested in watching movies on the big screen as they were before.
The superstar had said, "One of the reasons primarily I think the curiosity of going to theatres has reduced because films come on OTT right after they come in theatres, they come on OTT very fast. So I have always tried to keep a 6-month gap for my films. I don't know what the industry follows, but I like to keep a 6-month gap. So that's what I tried to do for all my films and up till now, we have managed that." He had also emphasised that filmmakers need to pick up subjects which cater to a larger section of the audience.
Coming back to Laal Singh Chaddha, the film is an official remake of Tom Hanks' 1994 Hollywood classic Forrest Gump. It also features Kareena Kapoor Khan and Naga Chaitanya in key roles.