After a decent beginning over the weekend, it was meant to be a race to the finish for Commando and Nautanki Saala. As the days progressed, it was Commando which stayed quite consistent, especially in the mass centres. On the other hand Nautanki Saala, as predicted last week, was the flavour for some of the select multiplexes in the country due to its niche subject.
Eventually both films were pretty much neck to neck as the week came to a close, what with Commando bringing in just under 18 crores while Nautanki Saala too brought in collections in the same range. In terms of footfalls though, Commando had en edge since most of its moolah came in from single screens which carry lower ticket prices. Moreover with better distributor share and controlled marketing spend, Commando is a profitable film for all concerned. On the other hand Nautanki Saala is expected to stretch towards being a coverage affair though drop in collections over the weekend were evident.
With Ek Thi Daayan releasing this weekend, one waits to see how Commando and Nautanki Saala hold on for the second week. Since the Emraan Hashmi starrer has got a good release in single screens as well as multiplexes, the Vidyut Jamwal and Ayushmann Khurranna starrer have a battle in store to bring in some more moolah before ending their box office run. However, while Commando can expect re-runs and penetration into smaller centres that would ensure revenue to trickle in, Nautanki Saala would have a good audience for itself on home video.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder