Kollywood’s sci-fi film “Captain” has been released in cinemas today (Aug 8) in two languages Tamil and Telugu. It is directed and written by Shakti Soundar Rajan and stars Arya, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Simran, Kavya Shetty, and Harish Uthaman among others.
It is said to be the first ever creature film in Tamil and had created a stir among the audience, it is passed with a U/A certificate by the censor board. And has a runtime of 117 minutes (1hr 57mins), with the first half being 58 minutes long.
The film got mixed reviews from the critics, it is praised for the unique concept, Arya’s performance, Vfx, and costume production, and panned for the story and the screenplay. It revolves around Vetriselvan (portrayed by Arya), a special task force officer, he and his team are assigned to neutralize a threat that is wreaking havoc in a forest called sector-42.
It has been released in around 100 theatres in the U.S, and 57 theatres in Kerala state. It has occupied around 70 theatres in Coimbatore and 80 theatres in Chenglapet. The film had a very poor occupancy on opening day, it had an overall 10.5% occupancy on Thursday across all the shows. In fact, the morning and evening shows didn’t even touch double-digit occupancy in terms of percentage.
Box Office Collection Day 1
The advance bookings of Captain were opened on Sept 5, and following the occupancy report, it was expected to open on a decent note at the box office. Conversely, it garnered only Rs 1.5 Cr+ on Day 1.
The 4-day long weekend strategy has now turned against the movie, as the regular Friday drop will cost it huge. And also it is facing a clash with Kanam which has gotten amazing early reviews from the critics and the audience alike. And not to forget Ranbir’s Brahmastra will take a huge start given the stupendous advances.
It looks like Captain is on the verge of pulling from the theatres within the opening weekend itself, most of its shows will be replaced by the Kanam and Brahmastra on Day 2 onwards.