In 1998, film-maker Ram Gopal Varma released the J.D. Chakravarthy and Urmila Matondkar-starrer, underworld flick Satya. The film, which was made on a humble budget of Rs.2 crore, became super-hit with its huge box office collections. Last week, Verma released the sequel of the film. Unfortunately, unlike its prequel, Satya 2could not garner any attention. In fact, the film tanked right from its opening day.
Confirms trade analyst Vinod Mirani, “It seems RGV just wanted to cash in on the title Satya. The sequel is very bad, there is no face value, no story. It’s been a complete disaster.”
Shedding a light on the performance of the film, trade analyst Amod Mehra informs, “It has got the lowest reception, with just five per cent opening on the day of its release.”
At Cinepolis India, a multiplex chain, the film received an average occupancy of 15-20 per cent in its first weekend. As a result, the theatre is planning to allocate more shows to Krrish 3. “We thought a new Hindi film was coming, so we cut 40 per cent of Krrish 3 shows only to accommodate Satya 2 and the new international Thor: The Dark World. Seeing Satya 2’s performance, we are now looking at giving most of its screens to the Indian superhero flick,” says Mayank Shroff, Manager Programming and Film Marketing - Cinepolis India.
Talking about Satya 2’s performance at G7, Manoj Desai expresses, “On a Sunday, most films are received well, with 100 per cent occupancy, but Satya 2 received only 60 per cent occupancy.” In fact, some of the single screens, like Regal in Mumbai, were unwilling to give any shows to Satya 2.
While Satya in the late 90s made a lifetime box office collections of Rs 15.5 crore, its sequel, Satya 2 as per Mirani, made a total of Rs 1.10 crore in its opening weekend.
Last week also saw the release of Chris Hemsworth-Natalie Portman fantasy based Thor: The Dark World. The film was received well at the multiplexes. “Thor proved to
be a good option for the audience, who had already seen Krrish 3 and wanted to watch something new. The average occupancy of Thor... was 70 per cent in its first weekend at Cinepolis India,” says Shroff.