JOKER box office: Is the film Akshay Kumar’s biggest letdown?

Mon, September 3, 2012 11:35am UTC by 40 Comments
JOKER box office: Is the film Akshay Kumar’s biggest letdown?

Shirish Kunder’s ‘out of this world family entertainer’ failed to pull in majority of the Khiladi Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha fans on the opening weekend

Farah Khan’s home production, Joker has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The box office collections on the opening weekend point out that all the negative buzz about Shirish Kunder’s ambitious alien flick was right after all. Perhaps the first film in the history of cinema that was converted from 3D to 2D, Joker has not only been panned by the critics, even loyal Akshay Kumar fans felt terribly let down.

If the reported BO figures are anything to go by, Joker didn’t even make as much money as small budget, story oriented films like Vicky Donor. On the opening Friday, Kunder’s pack of jokers made approximately Rs 4.75 crores. The second day (Saturday) also registered Rs 4.75 crores. The collection on Sunday was comparatively better – the early estimates say that it is around Rs 5.50 crores. That too after the lead pair, Akshay-Sonakshi having delivered one of the biggest hits of the year, Rowdy Rathore.

The total domestic collections of Joker reportedly stand at Rs 15 crores; add to that the total overseas collections of Rs 0.50 crore and you are left with a dismal total worldwide collection of Rs 15.50 crore. This is not even half of what Salman Khan’s Eid special, Ek Tha Tiger made on its opening day. It could be unfair to compare the two, but going by the hype and hoopla surrounding Joker, we felt it just might get to the half way mark of Tiger’s first weekend collections.

It is also one of Akshay Kumar’s lowest openings, and it comes as a surprise especially since Joker released right after the successful Rowdy Rathore. Even Blue, his underwater adventure flick with Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan got an opening of about Rs 6cr. Kambakht Ishq, one of Akshay’s most expensive and biggest duds till date boasted of an opening day collection that exceeded Rs. 10cr. In comparison the collection of Kunder’s seems paltry. This might cause a dent in Akki’s brand value, that he had salvaged post Housefull 2 and RR.

Akshay might now be hoping that his forthcoming release OMG! Oh My God manages to salvage his box office standing.

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  • I.K.Burney

    Joker is really a worst movie of AKKI….

    • sachin chopra

      nice movie akshay is the best actor in the whole world

      • Sk,. Amir

        pagal hai kya, kutta apni gali me sher, akshay word famous keise? aare bhai bollywood par abhi vi KHANS hai, tumhe tension lene ki jarurat nehi hai, ok.

        • Ranathakor

          Akshay sur ap real khiladi ho

          • akash kaushik

            m ur 1 of the biggest fan akki bro….n i like ur movies most n this was also a great movie…no khans at oll on bollywood u r da best….. :)

  • asif ali

    I’m not agree that It was a Mistake By Akshay Kumar to sign this film. Akshay kumar have five movies in 2012. Salman have two movies. Shahrukh and Amir have just one movies. Amir is already improved actor. and Salman is trying to improve himself. Akshay can’t replace Salman, Amir, Shahrukh, Ajay, Hritik. But Akshay is not like them. In my words’ itne jyada movies karne ke baad lagatar aap hit nahi de sekte, wo bhi aanke band karke sign karne ke baad. kuch ki thinking ye hoti hai. ki jiski jitni jyada movie release hoti hai wo utna bada star hota hai. shayad unki tarah akshay bhi yahi sochta hai. result samne hai 2012 ki sabse badi (biggest) flop. So Akshay kumar is only responsible for biggest flop joker.
    usi tarah jis tarah Akshay kumar is only responsible for blockbuster Rowdy Rathore.

    • bollywood

      asif ali, what do you mean to say by saying that’akshay can’t replace salman,amir,srk,ajay,hrithik’????he is also big star like them.ek flop hui to kya hua 2 blockbuster bhi to hai iss saal.aur uski aanewali 2 filme omg aur khiladi786 bhi superhit ya blockbuster hi hogi,joker flop hui kyunki shirish ne akki ke koi bhi suggestion nahi sune the.so,joker was flop only and stricktly because of that idiot shirish.anyway,i love you akki so much.mujhe apki flop films se koi fark nahi padta,apki flop film ke baad bhi mein apka fan hi rahoonga,

      • khiladi

        love u akshay sir…bloody shirish drop down ur pen and pamper ur kids..dnt even think about another story…u idiot..love you akshay sir…u r THE BEST….it will nt bring down any of ur fan value…..u r always superb…

      • Mins

        I agreed

      • javed

        ok asif just cool akshy is best

  • sudhanshu ranjan

    Akshay Kumar sir you are the best forever for me…..i love u bhai….best of luck for ur next films…U R D BEST

    • saurabh

      Akki is d best and one man who can fight with khans through his movies….
      ALL D BeSt akki bro!!!!

  • affsal

    joker is boring, tamasha film, akshay u r good actor, but
    u always fight with khans, leave everything, concentrate on
    your acting, apni alag pehchan baoa,dont copy salman or others, u r really good person, and kisise darna nahi,
    tumahre saath tumahra fans hai. keep it up, make good
    movies with laugh

    • Javidbhatt

      Akshay iz a gr8 star.joker didnt do vel at bxoffc .bt hv a faith in you sir.ur fns still love u.nd waiting to rock u again.

  • Rajesh Bhakar

    Akki bhai!
    Plz sign only action movies.
    comedy ki jagah circus dikhakar apne fans ki band mat bazao.
    bada dukh hota h.
    but in any situation u are my favorite hero…..
    Best of luck for upcoming films and i am sure that “khiladi 786″ will rock.

  • shemim

    please shirish dont make film now you can understand srk star value srk is universal star.

  • shemim

    please shirish dont make film now you can understand srk star value srk is universal star.

  • shem

    i dont thing akshy is good actor.what is joker can you explain shirish.please dont make film.this is biggest flop.

    • rocky

      akshay sab ka bap h samja be………akkiee the king of bolywod

  • Elif

    Dear Akki,
    Love from Türkiye… Please don’t upset yourself ;)

  • irfan

    joker is a realy joke from akshay wohi hameshawali comedy akshay ki.apne aap ko kuch to change karo yaar ek hi topic par kab tak lage rahoge

  • Sumantapanda

    Verygood

  • anuj kumar

    2012 belong to akshay kumar only. He is the great star forever. I love you akki. Your the only star in a bollywood. you rocks allways bollywoood.

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR THE LIVING LEGEND

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR CINEMA’S LIVING LEGEND

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR LEGENDARY ACTOR

  • FAHEEM

    AKSHAY KUMAR LEGENDARY ACTOR CINEMA

  • saurabh agri

    Don’t compare this actor to anyother …..he is d only person who can do action comedy and romance with his best…AKkI bhai do movie with diffrent concept ……for sometime u should foraway from comedy role….becz I hve seen too much ur comedy……!!!!
    Akki u d best…….ur acting in joker also very good but story and additng not good….
    It’s good new type movie…….we can say noble based…….
    2.5/5 akki bhai all d best for ur upcomig movi omg & khiladi786.
    Always u r my favourite…………best of luck.

  • ranbir kapoorsor

    its not tat bad movie
    I HAVE WATCHED IT AND NO MAN IT’S A COMPLETE ENTERTAINMENT………..
    PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T WATCHED IT SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM TELLING IF ITS BAD OR NICE!!!
    AKKI WOW
    SHREYAS SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Vijay Singh

      I shall totally agree!

  • darshan k pithva

    lovely & beautiful photos

  • Vijay Singh

    Joker,
    The story and the concept is new to India and of course Sirish Kunder is no Rakesh Roshan when it comes to storytelling on the celluloid screen. I saw the film yesterday and thus I think I have the right to write about it.
    It to me was a movie that will successfully entertain you for once, the stars did justice and the supporting actors did hell of a job. Music could have been better and a little more research should have been done when scripting a story that talks of extra terrestrial life. But, from the time when Akshay and Sonakshi move into their village “Pagalpur” that mushroomed around a mental hospital built and abandoned by the British. The audience constantly roars with laughter. I at 42 was also enjoying the very funny and unique dialogues of Asrani, as he always first spoke in Hindi and then translated the same in English, his very own and a totally new version (different from Ajay’s in his last film) .
    Sonakshi rubbishes the theory of size ‘0 ‘as she looks ravaging. It is a decent little attempt at entertaining people and yes although cannot be compared to the blockbuster ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, it certainly holds its own space. Thus, it is strongly recommended to people who are looking for a clean entertainer that should appeal to their children and the child within themselves.

  • Anjeev

    Akki bhai i wont say that joker was a good movie but i like it coz u are my fav ………. and i hope OMG will be a blockbuster

  • prince

    Akshay should care about his acting rather than his own show up. He need to think twice and thrice before signing any film. Joker movie shows Akshay time has gone!!!

  • sonu madaan

    akki bhai plz rowdy rathore jaisi movies karo kitni comedy karoge bhai

  • suraj pratap singh

    r u best ………….never fear dude………..ur fan is always with u,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Animesh Singhaniya

    Akshay should focus on action films only.

  • faheem

    akshay kumar the greatest living legend & the real superstar of indian cinema

  • ROHIT DAKE

    very good movie and movie story is god but less popular, i like it because of akshaykumar

  • faheem

    akshay kumar sabse bada superstar no 1 living legend


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