Taapsee Pannu-starrer Naam Shabana has earned a decent amount of Rs 23.80 crore during its first five days of release. The film, which stars an ensemble cast consisting of Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee and Prithviraj Sukumaran in pivotal roles, is about the journey of Shabana who is hired by a top agency as a spy.
Naam Shabana is a spin-off 2015 film Baby starring Akshay Kumar in lead role and was largely about a terrorist mission. The film collected a decent amount of Rs 2.50 crore on Tuesday. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh mentioned that a dip in the earnings of the film could be because of a Holiday on the occassion of Ram Navami. Naam Shabana is expected to stay steady throughout this week as there are no major Hindi releases this weekend.
Manoj Bajpayee spoke to indianexpress.com about how he sees box office figures. The actor said, “I would really want all my films to make money. But this weekend calculation is the most dangerous thing. Because based on the amount collected in the first weekend, they start declaring the film a hit or flop. It can’t be. The three-day business can’t determine the quality of the film. That only harms the creative aspect of the film. That also discourage a serious filmmaker from doing good work. This, not a good trend.”
#NaamShabana Fri 5.12 cr, Sat 6.37 cr, Sun 7.27 cr, Mon 2.54 cr, Tue 2.50 cr [Ram Navmi holiday]. Total: ₹ 23.80 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 5, 2017
#NaamShabana Fri 5.12 cr, Sat 6.37 cr, Sun 7.27 cr, Mon 2.54 cr. Total: ₹ 21.30 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 4, 2017
Manoj also expressed his concern over the dying single screens. He said, “This is a matter of concern for all of us. Single screens are shutting down all across the country. A common man doesn’t go to a multiplex. For him, the single screen remains the ultimate source for watching movies. I recently went to Bihar and found that most of the single screens have shut down. In my city, there used to be around 7-8 single screens and now only two are left. This is not healthy for film industry”
Naam Shabana released on around 1200-1400 screens. The film is estimated to be made at a budget of Rs 25 crore including Rs 15 crore for production and Rs 10 crore for promotions.