Box office: ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ crosses Rs 100 crore in opening weekend

MUMBAI: A Salman Khan film and the festival of Eid make a sort of grand combination at the box office. And Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the latest Khan starrer, continues the tradition.

However, what is different this time is that this is no usual superhuman action film, which are dished out by Khan’s filmmakers for some years now. 

The film has just two brief action scenes, tackles a risky subject releasing it at a time when the film could have easily disappointed his fans who usually love to watch him go berserk with his muscles and fists.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan counts on emotional appeal, balances two faiths tactfully and emotions of two countries, India and Pakistan. 

The film, despite its release a day before Eid, matched the collections of other Khan hits to record opening day figures of Rs 27.2 crore and, as expected, took a big leap on Saturday (Eid day) and Sunday Rs 38.5 to end its opening weekend with a whopping Rs 102.2 crore.

Baahubali: The Beginning (Hindi-Dubbed) maintained very well through its first weekend. After an opening weekend of Rs 20.15 crore, it more than matched up to its weekend figures with first week collections of Rs 41.55 crore. The film had fewer screens in its second week due to the extensive release of Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

I Love NY opened to poor collections and stayed that way through its first week run. 

Guddu Rangeela added a meagre Rs 65 lakh in second week to take its two week total to Rs 8.4 crore.

Second Hand Husband collected Rs 35 lakh in its second week to take its two week total to Rs 2.95 crore.

ABCD 2 added another Rs 1.70 crore in its fourth week to take its four week total to Rs 104.95 crore.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns is still holding fort at the box office. The movie collected Rs 40 lakh in its eighth week taking its eight week total to Rs 142.95 crore.

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