The coming Friday will witness the solo release of Akshay Kumar's PADMAN as Siddharth Malhotra's AIYAARY has been pushed to Feb 16. While PAD MAN will make the mark with the target audience especially females, it will be hit hard by the two week old PADMAAVAT.
Meanwhile, despite multiple handicaps and roadblocks (had the potential to cross 200 crore), Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Shahid, Deepika and Ranveer starrer, PADMAAVAT, managed an excellent extended opening week collecting 23 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 7.65 crore from Pune, 1 crore from Nasik, 65 lakhs from Goa, 30 lakhs from Belgaum, 14.50 crore from Delhi city, 4 crore from Noida, 3.25 crore from Ghaziabad, 90 lakhs from Kanpur, 2.75 crore from Lucknow , 1 crore from Agra, 36.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 10.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.15 crore from Dehradun, 3.55 crore from Gurgaon, 1.15 crore from Faridabad, 9.50 lakhs from Panipat, 1.25 crore from Chandigarh, 75 lakhs from Jalandhar, 35 lakhs from Patiala, 70 lakhs from Amritsar, 1 crore from Ludhiana, 26.50 lakhs from Bhatinda, 7 lakhs from Ambala, 8 lakhs from Shimla, 11.25 lakhs from Jammu, 5.15 crore from Calcutta, 5 lakhs from Darjeeling, 50 lakhs from Siliguri, 25.25 lakhs from Patna, 26.50 lakhs from Dhanbad, 60 lakhs from Ranchi, 36.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 1.55crore from Nagpur, 1.25 crore from Raipur, 2.25 crore from Hyderabad, 1 crore from Aurangabad, 7.50 crore from Bangalore, 43.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 30 lakhs from Mysore, 15 lakhs from Vijayawada, 26 lakhs from Visakhapatnam, 38.50 lakhs from Madras and 20 lakhs from Kochi. Netting 160 crore during the extended first week (including paid previews), the film is sure to end up as a super hit. PADMAAVAT has also performed wonderfully in the overseas grossing over $20m, with £1,530,000 from UK and $8,900,500 just from the US, till the second weekend (2-4 Feb).
Concluding with YRF’s Ali Abbas Zafar directed Salman-Katrina starrer, TIGER ZINDA HAI, the film added another 3 crore thus netting 340 crore in six weeks from India. The blockbuster hit has overtaken Aamir Khan’s PK and is now the second highest netter (Hindi), behind DANGAL. TIGER ZINDA HAI is also an overseas blockbuster, grossing $20.30m with £1,720,000 from UK and $5,570,000 from the US.
The only significant release of last week, Deepak Dobriyal’s KULDEEP PATWAL: I DID’NT DO IT is a washout.