Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma’s big release of this week, Jab Harry Met Sejal, continued to disappoint with an average show over the weekend even though it was the biggest release of the box office. After earning 15.25 crores on the opening day Friday, the movie made 15 crores and 15.50 crores over the weekend days to bring the total to 45.75 crores for the Imtiaz Ali film. Except for the big metros, the movie appeared to tank over the weekend and the expected weekend bump did not happen for the movie. S
hahrukh’s Raees, released in January, made more than Jab Harry Met Sejal on its opening day, collecting 20.4 crores while it made 93.24 crores over a five-day period including the weekend. Also hitting the box office with Harry are Gurgaon and Hollywood flick Dark Tower. Gurgaon has received much better critical reviews than Harry Met Sejal, and critics have complained about the lack of spark which was present in earlier Imtiaz Ali movies like Jab We Met and Rockstar.
However, Imtiaz Ali can take heart in a late revival of the movie, as happened for Tamasha, starring Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor. “I am sure that a lot of people do not think that Jab Harry Met Sejal is an intellectual masterpiece, but I did not intend it to be one,” Imtiaz Ali was quoted as saying about the movie’s performance. Shahrukh and Anushka have often shared the lead on Imtiaz Ali films (this is the third time they are doing so) and the on-screen chemistry and intensity was expected to click with the audience. They will appear on Aanand L Rai directorial in their next project.