As was expected, none of the two new releases managed to do well commercially. Masaan, an offbeat film, saw some patronage coming from the B-Town insiders but that wasn’t enough to bring ‘aam junta’ from outside in theaters. The film saw a controlled release for itself and though it did receive good critical acclaim, commercially it didn’t have much going for it. As a result, the first weekend was just around the 1 crore mark.
Aisa Yeah Jahaan was another film to arrive and it couldn’t even see a decent all-India release. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even reviewed by many critics. The film came without any promotion and has disappeared without a trace too. Disaster.
Meanwhile, it was Bajrangi Bhaijaan that continued to bring on moolah, what with around 55 crore* coming in over the second weekend. This is huge indeed for the Salman Khan starrer as it has now crossed the 232 crore lifetime total of Kick by crossing the 240.72 crore mark. The film is continuing to be quite strong at the Box Office and is now heading towards the All Time Blockbuster mark. While the Dhoom 3 lifetime total of 284 crore would certainly be crossed, Kabir Khan is now all set to join Rajkumar Hirani in the 300 crore club.
On the other hand Bahubali is moving ahead relentlessly and had another good weekend of around 10 crore*. The film has now crossed the 83 crore mark and while 90 crore is a given, it has to be seen how close does it manage to reach near the 100 crore mark. Blockbuster.
*Final numbers awaited
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder