Box Office: ‘Dilwale’ pips ‘Bajirao Mastani’ to collect Rs 63.6 crore in opening weekend

MUMBAI: The much hyped Shah Rukh Khan - Kajol starrer Dilwale suffered heavily due to protests leading to cancellation of screenings at various cinemas in many cities following ‘intolerance’ comments from Khan and resultant anger among people.

Nonetheless, Dilwale has managed to pip the other multi-starrer release Bajirao Mastani starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra to collect Rs 63.6 crore at the box office in its opening weekend.

Dilwale’s collections were satisfactory on its opening day though they could have been much better. On day two, there was no improvement. The agitation and appeals to people to keep away from the film through social media, Whatsapp, SMSs etc could be a reason why some cautious people may have thought it prudent to keep away from cinema halls screening the film. The movie’s collections are showing a drop today (Monday).

On the other hand, Bajirao Mastani met with mixed response to extremes; while some even called it a masterpiece, others found it outright bad. The movie collected Rs 43.2 crore in its first three days. While the casting of the film affected its opening day footfalls, the reactions after the release of the film only added to these feeling. The film had a weak opening on day one and showed a marginal improvement on Saturday and a marked rise on Sunday but has dropped today (Monday). The film was not able to cash in on agitations against the other release of the week, Dilwale which faced cancelled shows at many places.

The Silent Heroes, a film about training of deaf and dumb students to venture into mountaineering, failed to register.

Hate Story 3 continued its stronghold on the box office. The film has collected Rs 9.45 crore in its second week taking its two week total to Rs 44.85 crore.

Angry Indian Goddesses collects Rs 75 lakh in the second week to take its two week total to Rs 2.25 crore.

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