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‘Mr. X’ nets Rs 12.14 cr at the box office

MUMBAI: Vishesh Films’ latest Emraan Hashmi-starrer ‘Mr. X’ has managed a net collection of Rs 12.14 crore (Rs 121.4 million) during its debut weekend at the box office.

Produced by the Bhatt brothers (Mukesh and Mahesh), and directed by Vikram Bhatt, the film is distributed by Fox Star Studios.

On its release, the film got mostly negative reviews, with film critic Rajeev Masand calling the film a “singularly humourless film that’s sorely lacking in thrills, a coherent plot, and even basic common sense”. He further added that the film is lazily scripted and often not true to its own logic.

On Friday, ‘Mr. X’ collected Rs 4.09 crore (Rs 40.9 million), but the collection dropped on Saturday to Rs 3.84 crore (Rs 38.4 million). On Sunday, it again went up to 4.21 crore (Rs 42.1 million).

‘Mr. X’ is story of an anti-terrorist department officer named Raghuram Rathore (Hashmi), who gains the power of invisibility and becomes a vigilante to take revenge on those who have wronged him.

Trade analyst Komal Nahta’s review of the movie reads, “’Mr. X’ is a clear case of a job done half-heartedly and without much conviction. It will fail to strike a chord with the audience and will, therefore, flop miserably at the box-office.”

The film also stars Amyra Dastur, Arunoday Singh, and Tanmay Bhat.

Meanwhile, ‘Margarita with a Straw’ saw a limited release and, as anticipated, little popular appeal. The film collected Rs 1.76 crore (Rs 17.6 million) at the box office. Friday collections stood at just Rs 37 lakh (Rs 3.7 million), which went up to Rs 67 lakh (6.7 million) on Saturday, ultimately touching Rs 72 lakh (Rs 7.2 million) on Sunday.

Though the film has garnered good word-of-mouth publicity, its theme of disability and sexuality seem to have fewer takers.

The film stars Kalki Koechlin as a 19-year-old protagonist with cerebral palsy who spends her time composing songs for her college band, and, like any young woman her age, thinking about sex.