The box office has seen a new release after eight months with Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari. It has been 34 empty Fridays since March (a Sunday here instead of Friday) which has never happened before and hopefully it never happens again. The pandemic is the reason for the empty Fridays and the pandemic is still out there so credit to the makers to release this film in the theatres even with the uncertainty around.
The film has been given a good release with far more screenings than the film would have got in a normal scenario and multiplexes have been screening films at low rates since opening last month but this film has ticket rates which ae more like the pre covid19 days.
It is going to take time for the audience to come back as long as the pandemic continues and this the first release so the the film to see a limited turn will not surprise.
The hope with Suraj Mangal Pe Bhari is that there is some sort of turnout on Sunday which is the big Diwali holiday and the biggest day of the year for box office collections. A healthy turnout will give some hope for to see more films hitting cinemas in the new future. If there is no audience on Sunday then it will be a setback for the exhibition sector.