Despite zero competition from any Bollywood release, Tubelight has been hardly collecting at the Box Office. On its second Saturday, the film could bring in just Rs. 4 crore* more, hardly the kind of numbers that the makers would have hoped for when they released it at such a wide scale last Friday. Currently, the film stands at Rs. 113.86 crore* and that brings it quite close to the lifetime total of Badrinath Ki Dulhania [Rs. 116.60 crore].
One wonders how several filmmakers must be thinking right now who decided against bringing the film this Friday itself. Rest assured, had there been a notable biggie release on 30th Jun (say for e.g. a Jagga Jasoos or a Munna Michael or a Mubarakan), the footfalls would have been much more positive. This isn’t all as Tubelight would have collected even lesser than what it is doing currently due to nil competition.
Of course all of this is ifs and buts since no one could have ever pre-empted how Tubelight would ultimately shape up and then get royally rejected by the audience. However, this does lend a point to ponder for future releases where one biggie not just packs up an entire week but also blocks screens for the week ahead, hence restricting any other biggie to arrive then. Perhaps it may just be fair if this practice stops and any film plays on its merits instead of pre-booking which (in times like these) results in lose-lose situation for all involved.
*Estimates. Final numbers awaited