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Padmaavat earns Rs 129 cr in six days at box office, but the road ahead is still tough

Padmaavat was made at a budget of Rs 180 crore and needs to maintain the momentum to be declared a hit.

bollywood Updated: Jan 30, 2018 17:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Padmaavat is going strong at box office.
Padmaavat is going strong at box office.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmaavat has passed the crucial box office test on Monday. The film saw a dip in business, but it’s not as bad as it was with some of the big films last year. Most of the films see a slump of more than 60% on first working day after the weekend while Padmaavat fared slightly better. After Sunday’s massive Rs 31 crore, the Deepika Padukone-starrer earned Rs 15 crore on Monday.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about the film’s business figures.

But that doesn’t mean Padmaavat can safely be called a hit, not yet. The film has been made at a whopping budget of Rs 180 crore and thus it needs to sustain a similar momentum at the ticket window for another five days at least.

Meanwhile the film is doing excellent business in the overseas markets. As per Adarsh, Padmaavat is doing good business in Singapore.

The film has stayed strong at the US box office as well. “While most films don’t do more than $ 3 million / $ 4 million *lifetime* internationally, #Padmaavat has grossed close to $ 5 million in its *opening weekend* in NORTH AMERICA alone... HUMONGOUS... Weekend total: $ 4,980,887 [₹ 31.71 cr]… Few locations to be added... @Rentrak,” Adarsh wrote.

He also wrote how the film lost a big amount as it didn’t get a release in many states, “Protests... Disturbances... No screening in few states... Yet, #Padmaavat does EXCELLENT biz in its extended weekend... The film lost out on substantial biz [approx ₹ 35 cr / ₹ 37 cr], but the SUPERB trending in other circuits helped put up a MAJESTIC total... (sic).”

The film needs to sustain the momentum to cross the finishing line. With the coming Friday offering an open window -- there are no releases this week -- the film is expected to maintain its stronghold at the ticket windows.

The film sees Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati and Ranveer Singh as a ruthless invader Alauddin Khilji. Shahid Kapoor plays the role of Rawal Ratan Singh of Mewar.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 17:52 IST

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