After showing an upward trend with every passing day over the opening weekend, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior has recorded a STRONG HOLD in collections on Monday. Early estimates suggest that the film has collected in the range of Rs. 11.50 to 13.50 crore on its fourth day taking total box-office collections close to the 75 crore mark. The final figures might be marginally higher too depending on how the small centers across the nation have held because the biz at national chains – PVR, INOX, Cinepolis and Carnival – is neck to neck with the opening day figures.
The period saga, directed by Om Raut, which is Ajay Devgn’s 100th film is racing towards the hit tag and there are strong chances for the film to clock the 100 crore mark within the first seven days of its run. The ticket prices have come down to the weekday slab all across which means that the Monday footfalls are higher than Friday showing the sign of acceptance from the audience. Mumbai and Pune along with interiors of Maharashtra are still the best faring centers, however places like Delhi – NCR, Bihar, and Rajasthan too have held at the Friday level. A circuit like Gujarat has recorded practically zero percentage drop from Friday.
The other release of the week, Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone has fizzled at the box-office as it has shown a drop of nearly 40% on Monday. Early estimates suggest that the Meghna Gulzar directorial has raked in Rs 2.50 to 3.00 crore on its fourth day taking total collections to approximately 22 crores. It’s practically a no-show for the film on Monday and it will entail losses for the producer-distributor of the film, Fox Star Studios. Wrong timing backed with below par content are the reason for rejection by the audience, however the makers might try and push the blame on Deepika’s visit to JNU, which is far away from the reality.
Chhapaak is looking to close the first week a little under 30 crore and it wouldn’t have any gas left in the tank to record even a decent trend in the second week. The best faring belt for the film on Monday was Delhi – NCR as expected, primarily due to the local flavour.