Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s Dilwale or Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s Bajirao Mastani – who finally won the battle of the BO? As Rohit Shetty’s action-filled romance went head-to-head with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, this was the question on everybody’s mind – from fans to trade pundits alike. Now that the first weekend collections are in, we can tell you that while Dilwale has emerged as the clear winner, Bajirao Mastani has more than held its own.
Shah Rukh’s latest has earned Rs 65.09 crore in the all-important first weekend while Bajirao Mastani’s corresponding figure is Rs 46.77 crore. Dilwale opened at Rs 21 crore on Friday and then showed a slight dip on Saturday with the earnings standing at Rs 20.09 crore. The film improved on Sunday when the sale of tickets stood at Rs 24 crore, according to figures tweeted by trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
Also starring Shah Rukh, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles, Dilwale is receiving hearty response abroad, says trade analyst Komal Nahta.
#Dilwale Fri 21 cr, Sat 20.09 cr, Sun 24 cr. Total: ₹ 65.09 cr. India biz. Good growth on Sunday.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 21, 2015
“Dilwale Overseas: Gulf - biggest ever opening for a Bollywood film, and the number one film this weekend, higher than Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other films,” Nahta posted on Twitter.
Dilwale Overseas: Gulf - biggest ever opening for a bollywood film, and the no. 1 film this weekend, higher than Star Wars and other films.— Komal Nahta (@KomalNahta) December 21, 2015
“Britain - highest opening for a Bollywood film in 2015. Australia - biggest opening of 2015, biggest ever for SRK. Malaysia - biggest opening for a Bollywood film. New Zealand - number two on box office charts. US - number nine in top 10 chart,” he added.
#BajiraoMastani is UNSTOPPABLE. SUPER word of mouth translates into SUPER biz. Fri 12.80 cr, Sat 15.52 cr, Sun 18.45 cr. Total: ₹ 46.77 cr.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 21, 2015
For Bajirao Mastani, it has been an upward curve. The film opened at Rs 12.8 crore on Friday but spurred by good word of mouth, the film earned Rs 15.52 crore and Rs 18.45 crore on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Business of both the films was affected due to political protests due to which shows had to be cancelled in certain cities.
The films have an open window at the box office till January 8 when the next Bollywood release, Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar’s Wazir, comes out. With multiple holidays ahead, both the films are likely to ramp up their collections.
The question is, do both the films have what it takes to enter the big-grossers club? Shah Rukh is yet to enter the super-exclusive Rs 300-crore club. While Aamir Khan’s PK and Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan have earned more than Rs 300 crore, Shah Rukh’s biggest hit till date is Chennai Express (Rs 228 crore). While Dilwale’s earnings are good, they fall short of records made by Salman’s last two releases Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (over Rs 100 crore in the opening three days) and his own Happy New Year which made Rs 108.8 crore in the first weekend. The heist drama made Rs 44.9 crore on the first day itself.
The opulent Bajirao Mastani, meanwhile, was made at a budget of over rs 100 crore and had a big promotion budget as well. The film has been well received by critics but will have to earn a substantial amount to recover costs and post a profit.