When Gangs Of Wasseypur Part 1 released, it took the box office by storm. It also generated considerable buzz for the sequel, Gangs Of Wasseypur ll (GOW 2). But the sequel has managed only an average opening across circuits. This is probably because not many are aware of the film’s release today and the fact that GOW 2 has not been marketed with as much hype. But distributors are hopeful the film will pick up over the weekend.
In Mumbai, Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines says, “The all-India opening for GOW 2 is decent. There are advance bookings for the evening and night shows. Today, the film took an opening of 50 to 60 per cent. We have to evaluate the afternoon and evening shows to see how the day shapes up.”
“In Delhi, élite centers took an opening of 70 to 80 per cent while B and C class centers clocked 40 to 50 per cent,” says Sanjay Ghai of Mukta Arts. “GOW2 is doing much better at multiplexes and will wrap its opening day with impressive numbers.”
Surendra Saluja of Lakshya Movies adds, “In East Punjab, the opening is a mere 15 to 20 per cent. Many people are not aware that the film has released today. Yesterday, there were two paid preview shows, which received a response of 65 to 70 per cent. Friday is Janmashtmi and is a holiday so the film will pick up at the weekend.”
In CP, Sarang Chandak of Shri Rang Films says, “GOW 2 took an opening of 20 to 30 per cent in our circuit. The paid previews drew a response of 20 to 25 per cent. The film is very long and has lot of violence and that may have put off some people. But, overall, the film has a strong fan following thanks to the first part, so GOW 2 should register good weekend numbers.”
Jeetu Khandelwal of Movie Pioneers concludes, “In Orrisa, the opening of the film was not good. It was just 20 to 25 per cent. Considering that GOW 1 saw a good response, GOW 2 will probably gain momentum soon.”