Bajirao Mastani maintained good pace in the third week as well since it was bouyed by the long weekend right at the beginning of the year. Powered by the New Year holiday, it collected around 30 crore more in its third week, and now stands around the 170 crore mark.
The good news for the film is that it is getting good number of shows in the fourth week as well, since Wazir has a niche appeal. Furthermore, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film can feel lucky with the fact that Ghayal Once Again has moved on from its 15th January release (and would now be arriving on 5th February). This gives Bajirao Mastani an opportunity to run well in the fifth week too, right till 22nd January once Airlift and Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 release. As a result, the Eros film has a real chance to cross 181 crore of Bang Bang.
As for Dilwale, it is now collecting on a lower count as the daily collections have slid below the 1 crore mark. The film is currently around the 144 crore mark and would end its run in the vicinity of 150 crore. Above average.
Note: All collections as per production and distributor sources
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