This week will witness the release of Neeraj Pandey’s Siddharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayi starrer, AIYAARY along with Onir’s KUCH BHEEGE ALFAAZ and the Hollywood venture BLACK PANTHER etc. The front runner is sure to be AIYAARY though the week old PAD MAN and two week old PADMAAVAT will prove to be more than a handful for the new releases.
AIYAARY and PAD MAN
Checking out Akshay Kumar’s PAD MAN, the film which opened on a decent note expectedly picked up very well over the opening week netting 40 crore . The weekdays too saw a very steady run and the collection were further boosted by the Maha Shivratri holidays. It is but obvious that PAD MAN is set to be another century hit for Akshay Kumar. Having said that, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s PADMAAVAT has dented its collections to an extent, but all that is part and parcel of the game called box-office. PAD MAN is decent in the overseas grossing £103,000 from UK and $690,000 just from the US, during the opening weekend (9-11 Feb).
PADMAAVAT MOVIE POSTER
Meanwhile, after an excellent extended week, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Shahid, Deepika and Ranveer starrer, PADMAAVAT saw a rock steady second one collecting 10.75 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 3.50 crore from Pune, 55 lakhs from Nasik, 41.15 lakhs from Goa, 11.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 8.50 crore from Delhi city, 2 crore from Noida, 1.65 crore from Ghaziabad, 78.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.50 crore from Lucknow , 47.15 lakhs from Agra, 40 lakhs from Allahabad, 12.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 52.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 2 crore from Gurgaon, 67.55 lakhs from Faridabad, 15.75 lakhs from Panipat, 51.25 lakhs from Chandigarh, 30 lakhs from Jalandhar, 16.75 lakhs from Patiala, 31.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 40 lakhs from Ludhiana, 10.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 7.65 lakhs from Ambala, 3.50 lakhs from Shimla, 8.55 lakhs from Jammu, 2.75 crore from Calcutta, 2.55 lakhs from Darjeeling, 23 lakhs from Siliguri, 36.25 lakhs from Patna, 13.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 27.50 lakhs from Ranchi, 20 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 21 lakhs from Guwahati, 85 lakhs from Nagpur, 52.25 lakhs from Raipur, 1crore from Hyderabad, 38.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3.55 crore from Bangalore, 20 lakhs from Mangalore, 16.50 lakhs from Mysore, 4.15 lakhs from Vijayawada, 11.75 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 16.50 lakhs from Madras and 12.75 lakhs from Kochi. Adding another 65 crore, PADMAAVAT has netted 225 crore in two weeks from India and is sure to end up as a super hit. The performance is all the more praiseworthy given all the non-filmy hindrances that PADMAAVAT had to conquer. PADMAAVAT is superb in the overseas grossing around $25m with £1,860,000 from UK and $10,640,000 just from the US, till the third weekend (9-11 Feb).