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Padmaavat earns Rs 110cr at box office in first weekend: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh film trumps hate

Padmaavat box office collection in first four days is an apt answer to the fringe groups whose hate and protests were not enough to scare the audience away from theatres.

Padmavati Row Updated: Jan 29, 2018 10:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Padmaavat first weekend box office collection is a mammoth Rs 110 crore as people voted with their feet for Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor film.

Padmaavat box office collection is as much the audience’s response to the film’s creative merit as to the hate mongers and the fringe groups. Despite widespread protests against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film even after the Supreme Court ordered state governments to maintain law and order during its release, Padmaavat has managed to emerge victorious at the box office. After a rather damp show at the paid previews, the Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh-starrer made opening collections of Rs 19 crore on Thursday and the numbers have only increased over the weekend. The movie collected Rs 30 crore on Sunday, according to film trade website boxofficeindia.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted the earlier figures: Rs 5 cr (paid previews on Wednesday), Thursday Rs 19 cr, Friday Rs 32 cr, Saturday Rs 27 cr. Total: Rs 83 cr within three days of release. Padmaavat stars Deepika in the lead role of Rani Padmini. Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh portrays Alauddin Khilji, the 13th century ruler of the Khilji Dynasty.

After earning Rs 19 crore on Thursday, Padmaavat took a major jump on Friday (Republic Day and a holiday) to Rs 32 crore. Mixed reviews led to a slight dip in the collections on Saturday to Rs 27 crore but the numbers rose again on Sunday, totalling Rs 110 crore for the film over the extended weekend.

Made at an estimated budget of Rs 180 crore, Padmaavat was expected to be one of the biggest release of 2017. However, almost a year long protest that often turned violent, and a delay at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) postponed the film to January. Even when it hit theatres on January 25, most theatres in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh did not screen the film fearing further violent incidents.

In comparison, Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai - the last major Bollywood release opened with Rs 34.10 crore and crossed Rs 100cr-mark in three days, earning Rs 114.93 crore in the first weekend. Though the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial was also a festival release, the holiday - Christmas - fell a day after Sunday. The film, that also starred Katrina Kaif, was released across 4000 screens. Padmaavat, too, was scheduled to release in a similar number of screens. However, with the increased incidences of violence across Gujarat, Rajasthan and Gurgaon, the number was significantly reduced as several theatres and multiplexes in these states decided not to screen the movie. According to trade, the film would have easily crossed Rs 150 crore earning in the first weekend if it was a normal release.

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First Published: Jan 29, 2018 10:33 IST