Robbie Grewal directorial Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW), starring John Abraham in the lead role, had a slow start at the box office. By the end of its Day 3, the espionage thriller has managed to collect a total of Rs 22.70 crore. Also starring Mouni Roy, Jackie Shroff, Sikandar Kher, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, and Raghubir Yadav, RAW is facing competition from the DC superhero film Shazam, which released alongside the film last Friday.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest box office figures of RAW. He wrote, “#RomeoAkbarWalter Fri 6 cr, Sat 7.70 cr, Sun 9 cr. Total: ₹ 22.70 cr. India biz. #RAW”
Romeo Akbar Walter has not fared well in terms of critical reception. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta called it drab and gave it 2 stars. Shubhra wrote, “You can see the considerable effort that has gone into creating credible backgrounds. Anil George is well cast as an influential arms dealer.”
She added, “As is Raghubir Yadav, who plays a permanently-tipsy batman to Abraham’s frontiersman. I really enjoyed Kher’s campy aware act as a Pakistani soldier with a penchant for pulling nails out of his victims. And Abraham, as the desi Bond-Bourne does well with being the give-nothing-away-spy, impassivity coming naturally to him.”
John Abraham’s last two films, Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran and Satyameva Jayate, were both sleeper hits that tasted success only after several days of their box office run. They opened to modest numbers.
It might be the case with Romeo Akbar Walter as well, but a big, multi-starrer Kalank is hitting theaters a little later this month and may spoil the film’s fortunes.