Despite being the new release at the box office, Saif Ali Khan’s Chef has not been able to perform well. The film, which released on October 6, has managed to mint only Rs 4 crore in its opening weekend. Calling it a disaster, trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote, “#Chef is a DISASTER… Fri 1.05 cr, Sat 1.35 cr, Sun 1.60 cr. Total: ₹ 4 cr. India biz.”
This Raja Menon directorial is also suffering at the hands of Judwaa 2, a David Dhawan remake of the original 1997 Judwaa. Despite this being Judwaa’s second week at the theaters, the film is going strong at the box office collecting a total of Rs 108.08 crore till now.
Trade analyst Girish Johar had earlier said, “To some extent, Judwaa 2 will remain a competition to Chef. It has done fantastic business and the mass has really loved the film. But Chef as new release has an edge over Judwaa 2. If Chef’s content is good and people actually like it, then the film may collect as much as Rs 15 crore by the end of the weekend.” But for a Rs 15 crore weekend, Chef now needs a total of about Rs 12 crore from Sunday, which is pretty much a Herculean task.
Chef needs to pick up pace quite desperately. The coming days are also crucial in deciding the fate of the film at the theaters.
#Chef is a DISASTER… Fri 1.05 cr, Sat 1.35 cr, Sun 1.60 cr. Total: ₹ 4 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 9, 2017
#Chef shows limited growth on Day 2… 2-day total is extremely poor… Fri 1.05 cr, Sat 1.35 cr. Total: ₹ 2.40 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 8, 2017
Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta had said this about the film in her mixed review, “Chef’ is a good-looking film, with good-looking people. The ingredients have been carefully assembled. Khan is ripe for real difference, playing a divorced, middle-aged man and a father to a young boy (Kamble), who is a natural. The leading lady (Janakiraman) has a smile that reaches her eyes: she feels organic in a way no one else does. And there’s a solid supporting cast: we see Chandan Roy Sanyal having fun, and an all-too-brief turn by the deliciously salt-and-pepper Milind Soman.”