Luck by Chance – Unlucky at Box Office

Luck by Chance, the new Indian movie by and on Bollywood, has not been lucky at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend.

Luck by Chance opened at No-32 and had a pitiful total opening weekend gross of $216,918 (source: boxofficemojo).

The movie opened in 61 theatres and had an average of $3,556.

Here’s how Luck by Chance fared compared to a few other prominent Bollywood movies in the opening weekend at the U.S. box office:

Luck By Chance U.S. Box Office Report

Even crap like Bhoothnath, Krazzy 4 and Tashan did better in the opening weekend than Luck by Chance.

Wonder why?

9 Responses to "Luck by Chance – Unlucky at Box Office"

  1. mihi_rex   February 2, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    How was Salaam Bombay? Responds:

    Review coming soon.

  2. satya   February 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    ‘luck by chance’ didnt have Luck by any ‘chance’ probably !!. But it is sad to see this movie sink. I happened to see it last week in Regal Route 1 and enjoyed it thoroughly. You should watch it too Responds:

    Yeah, it’s running in all three Regal theatres (Rt-1, South Plainfield, & Burlington). There’s a snow alert for Tues…so unlikely we can go out today.

  3. guruprasad.s   February 3, 2009 at 12:27 am

    I watched Luck By Chance yesterday with some friends, and had a very good time. The movie has content, and importantly, is entertaining. The performances are also good. Lack of saleable stars has probably hurt the movie at the BO. Do watch it and post a review.

    Every movie listed above LuckByChance (except Krazzy4) in your table, had at least one ‘star’ (Like Aamir, SRK, Akshay Kumar, etc). No wonder Luck.., inspite of its substance, is below those starry movies. Says a lot about the audience.

    Another movie in the same genre that may interest you is
    Bollywood Calling (an Indian English movie, directed by Nagesh Kukkunoor in 2002). Responds:

    We like Konkona…a decent actress.

    Unfortunately, Netflix does not have Bollywood calling.

    We plan to watch a Danish movie tomorrow with some connection to India – After the Wedding (2007).

    • MadAtBollywood   January 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      Agree with Guruprasad, Bollywood calling is awesome!! An American actor (an actual actor by profession in the movie) is called to Bollywood to act in Bollywood movies, and how he has problems with the Characterization, has to dance in songs, etc…very hilarious.

      The issues you write in your blog about Bollywood, are covered in the movie.

      Get the DVD from somewhere :)) Responds:

      As we wrote on February 3, 2009, unfortunately, Netflix does not have Bollywood calling. Still.

  4. SRINIVAS   February 3, 2009 at 5:03 am

    decent movie …infact good movie ….but only for the classes / multiplex audience

  5. coolfrog_20   February 3, 2009 at 8:19 am

    IMHO, there are two reasons for the slow start:
    1) The movie was intentionally given a low-key premiere. And it was not much publicized before the release. Read the wikipedia entry on luck by chance for references. So even though almost all stars of “Hindi film industry” make a cameo appearence, not many people know about it.
    2) Its not a masala movie. So it will take sometime for the “other” crowd to know about it and come to the theatres, hopefully.
    I watched it yesterday and liked it and I really want it to be a hit.

  6. Malika S   February 4, 2009 at 11:41 am

    The reason movie didn’t do well isn’t because it didn’t have saleable stars (forgot Rock on??) or because it isn’t a masala movie or because it wasn’t much publicized but because its a kind of movie that you would rather watch on DVD with a cup of tea or coffee in your hand while it rains outside. There are some parts in the movie that are good and that are boring so I will say the movie is OK. Also another factor movie didn’t do well both in India and US could be because of cricket mania (India VS Sri Lanka) and Super Bowl. I don’t know how many cricket fans are there in US but this is just my assumption. Rest Konkona…ma baby was the best….Farhan… Good, Hritik….GAY as usual! Responds:

    Since when have our desis started watching Superbowl (which in any case was on Sunday afternoon & the movie released on Friday here)?

  7. mallukuttan   February 6, 2009 at 1:23 am

    so.. are you skipping luck by chance? not fair. Responds:

    Blame it on the cold weather (sick of the ice and snow). 😉

  8. Malika S   February 9, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Did you get a chance to watch Pink Panther 2? I did yesterday and it was horrible. I mean straight horrible. I went because I wanted to check out how Aishwariya acted in the movie. She only had a 10 MINS role!!!!!!!!!! And the way she acted was as if she is being remote controlled by the director. I think she should give up her dreams of acting in British/Hollywood movies. Flop after flop and bad criticism from the Hollywood Critics should be a sign for her. Responds:

    1. You write above: Did you get a chance to watch Pink Panther 2?


    A few years back when we were in California, we saw Aishwarya in Mistress of Spices. God, she was yuck.

    The woman can’t act. Period.

    2. You write: I think she should give up her dreams of acting in British/Hollywood movies

    We think Aishwarya Rai ought to give up on movies. She’s so awful in movie after movie. Russell Peters was right.

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