While Kalank had the biggest opening of the year so far, its so-so critical reception affected its third-day haul. Opening at Rs 21.60 crore on Wednesday, it earned Rs 11.60 crore on Friday, taking the total to Rs 44.65 crore.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the film’s box office numbers. He wrote, #Kalank sees minimal growth on Day 3 [#GoodFriday holiday]… Big jump is clearly missing… Plexes better, mass circuits ordinary/weak… Now dependent on Sat and Sun to add to the total… Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 11.45 cr, Fri 11.60 cr. Total: ₹ 44.65 cr. India biz.”
Talking about the expectations from Kalank, Varun Dhawan had told PTI, “It is difficult (to live up to the expectations) when you do something. And if it works, you have to keep defending that and live up to that name. ‘Kalank’ is a test… I feel responsible for this film. If it works, it will give me the confidence that I am on the right track.”
As mentioned earlier, Kalank had not fared well when it comes to critical reviews. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it one-and-a-half star.
She concluded her review by saying, “There is enough and more here, plot-wise, for a bunch of films. But finally, despite Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s histrionics (the former looking as if he could well belong to that era, and Bhatt staying watchable, if increasingly, exasperatingly familiar), and Dixit’s wondrous dancing abilities (nobody can touch her when it comes to the grace she displays when she is on the floor), Kalank doesn’t really lift off the screen. The whole feels like a giant set, stately and ponderous and minus impact; the cast all costumed and perfumed and largely life-less, sparking only in bits and pieces. As a character says, two-thirds into the film, ‘yeh kissa yahin nipat jaata’.
“That would have been the best thing,” she added.