Irrfan Khan’s Blackmail has been having a decent run at the box office. The film opened to a mediocre Rs 2.81 crore on Friday. However, it seems to have pulled its socks quite a bit as the film’s total collection is now Rs 11.22 crore.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the box office figures for the film recently. The tweet read, “Blackmail puts up DECENT NUMBERS in its opening weekend… The BO performance is similar to Hindi Medium [₹ 12.56 cr], although that film had a lower screen count… Weekdays are crucial… Fri 2.81 cr, Sat 3.85 cr, Sun 4.56 cr. Total: ₹ 11.22 cr. India biz.”
Blackmail’s collection has surpassed the expectations of film and trade analyst Girish Johar, who had predicted the collection to land up to somewhere around the Rs 9.25 to Rs 9.50 crore by the weekend. While Irrfan’s acting prowess remains unchallenged in the industry, the actor still doesn’t enjoy the kind of fandom that can convert into big bucks at the box office. The film now needs a good word-of-mouth promotion to fare decently through the weekdays.
#Blackमेल puts up DECENT NUMBERS in its opening weekend… The BO performance is similar to #HindiMedium [₹ 12.56 cr], although that film had a lower screen count… Weekdays are crucial… Fri 2.81 cr, Sat 3.85 cr, Sun 4.56 cr. Total: ₹ 11.22 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 9, 2018
Blackmail’s plot follows the story of a man who decides to make the most of the situation when he finds out his wife is cheating on him. Things turn topsy-turvy when after he blackmails his own wife, he starts getting blackmailed as well. Blackmail hit the theatres on April 6. Helmed by Delhi Belly fame Abhinay Deo, Blackmail also stars Kriti Kulhari, Divya Dutta and Arunoday Singh in pivotal roles.
The film received an average review from Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta, “Blackmail begins promisingly but descends pretty quickly into flatness and sluggishness, a classic problem of not knowing quite how to play out a perky idea: a cuckold’s plan to extract revenge gets taken over by the old saying about mice and men, and, in this instance, women.” Critics have, however, been all praises for Irrfan’s performance in the film.