Despite all the hype, the oohs and aahs from the uncultured bozos, a wide release (100-screens) and the July 4 weekend, Lootera has not done well at the U.S. box office.
For the opening five-day July 3-July 7 weekend, Lootera could manage only a measly $375,422 at the U.S. box office.
That’s not an impressive figure considering the fawning reviews the movie received and that the collections were over a five-day period.
Raanjhanaa did more in three days although the hero Dhanush was an unknown quantity to most North Indian moviegoers.
Lootera is based in part on O.Henry’s master short story, The Last Leaf.
As the wise souls of SearchIndia.com wrote in the Lootera review:
The first half of Lootera is about a thief/fake archeologist (Ranveer Singh) stealing the heart of the Zamindar’s daughter (Sonakshi Sinha), robbing a precious idol from the village temple, abandoning the girl and betraying the trust of the Zamindar and causing his death.
But the irony of Lootera is that the second half, adapted from The Last Leaf, is mauled badly negating all that comes before it.
There’s a certain subtlety, charm, tender grace, pathos and, above all, a huge surprise in the ending of The Last Leaf that’s completely missing in Lootera.
In typical Bollywood style, the grace and charm are replaced by a crude, crass, clumsy attempt that shows the injured hero climbing a ladder to the tree, almost slipping off, his blood dripping on the snow, attaching a painted leaf to a branch and finally slipping and falling on his back from a height.
Here’s how Lootera fared at the U.S. box office compared to a few prominent Bollywood films: