'Agent Vinod' was never meant to take an earth shattering opening. There were expectations of a decent to good start with word of mouth coming into account post the opening weekend. It was predicted in this column last week that opening would be in the range of 25 crore and in that context the collections were a little better than expected with 30 crores coming in.
While this would have spelled good news for all involved had the word of mouth been largely positive, the fact that it is mixed means that the film is currently in a wait and watch mode. While there are some who have loved the film, there are others who have found it just about decent while a section of audience hasn't quite given it thumbs up. Prime reason behind mixed word of mouth is the complicated narrative that the film has adopted, especially in its first half. For a section of audience, especially in single screens, which wants to be spoon fed about the incidents and characters, there is too much of brain jigging involved.
For a costly film like this where mixed reactions are resulting in divided business, there are always risks involved. The first major milestone for this Saif Ali Khan film would be to cover costs. For that 'Agent Vinod' would have to do business in the vicinity of 50 crores. While that looks possible as of now, Saif's expectations would be for 'Agent Vinod' to top the collections of at least 'Love Aaj Kal' and 'Race', both of which had crossed the 60 crores milestone. While this number seems like a stretch currently, the only solace comes from the fact that the coming weekend has minimal competition in the form of 'Blood Money'.
While Kareena is now moving on to films like 'Heroine' and 'Talaash' which are sure shot successes in the making, Saif too hasn't restricted himself to only 'Agent Vinod' during last two years. His 'Cocktail' is ready which means he is all set to move on as well. Meanwhile with 'Race 2' all set to close to year, he has an interesting line up ahead to keep him engaged.
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