Rani Mukerji’s emotional drama Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway got only a few takers at the ticket counters on its opening day. The film, based on the true story of an Indian couple whose children were taken away from them by Norwegian welfare services in 2011, had 9.66% occupancy in the Hindi market on its opening day. However, it found more takers at the box office than Kapil Sharma’s Zwigato.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh reported that Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway earned Rs 1.27 crore on Friday. The number is significantly lower than Rani’s previous release Bunty Aur Babli 2 (Rs 2.60 crore) which released during the pandemic and eventually failed at the box office. However, Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway might pick up pace over the weekend after a decent word of mouth from critics and many Bollywood actors, including Shah Rukh Khan.
He wrote on Twitter, “Riding on glowing word of mouth, #MrsChatterjeeVsNorway picked up momentum as Day 1 progressed… Fri ₹ 1.27 cr [535 screens]… Biz on Sat and Sun crucial, needs to grow multifold/jump for a healthy weekend total. #India biz. #MCVN.”
The Indian Express’ Alaka Sahni found the film to be a little more melodramatic than it needed to be. In her review of the film, she wrote, “Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway is a story that needed to be told to remind us about the power of a strong-willed mother. But it should have been told differently without giving in to the tropes of commercial cinema.”
Meanwhile, Zwigato, which released along with Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway, witnessed lesser footfall. Helmed by Nandita Das, Zwigato has Kapil Sharma essaying the role of a food delivery rider. It focuses on the predicament of the lives of the food delivery executives and how they work round the clock to make ends meet. The film could manage to earn Rs 40 lakhs on Friday, reported Sacnilk. It had only 5.98% occupancy in the Hindi market.
However, the lower collection of Zwigato can be attributed to its limited release. Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh had shared on Twitter, “‘ZWIGATO’ INDIA SCREEN COUNT… Team #Zwigato has opted for a focused, targeted release of 409 screens across #India… Smart move by the makers and distributors for the critically-acclaimed film.”
Besides Zwigato and Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway, the theaters are currently also running shows of Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan and Ranbir Kapoor’s Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. Both films are getting decent footfall. In its seventh week now, Pathaan earned Rs 31 lakh on Thursday. Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar earned Rs 3.37 crore on its tenth day (Friday) in the theaters.