New Delhi: After garnering around ₹ 120 crore in the opening weekend, Sanju, Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic on troubled Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, now appears to be on its way to join the ₹ 200 crore club in the first week itself. Trade analysts say the Ranbir Kapoor-starring Sanju, already the second highest grosser of the year, is continuing its winning streak even on weekdays in a non-holiday season. According to box office figures, cited by trade analysts, Sanju opened at the box office last Friday and made ₹ 34.75 crore, on Saturday ₹ 38.6 crore, on Sunday ₹ 46.71 crore, totalling over ₹ 120 crore in the first three days itself.
On Day 4, Monday, Sanju made ₹ 25.35 crore and ₹ 22.10 crore on Tuesday, a total ₹ 167.51 crore in just five days. Bollywood trade analyst Komal Nahta said Sanju’s Monday collection was the biggest non-holiday Monday ever for any Hindi film.
If the film makes ₹ 20 crore each on Wednesday and Thursday, Sanju will gross ₹ 200 crore in the first week itself.
Sanju’s biggest threat at the box office was the Salman Khan starrer Race 3, released two weeks ago, but a strong word of mouth in favour of Ranbir Kapoor’s film did the trick for producers. Sanju’s box office collection has already surpassed that of Race 3 and may even cross Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat, the highest grosser of the year.
Like other Hirani films,Sanju is also making its mark at the international box office. In a list, compiled by comScore, of top 20 movies at US and Canadian theatres from Friday to Sunday Sanju stood at the 8th spot.
According to Bollywood Hungama, Sanju’s worldwide collections are nearing the ₹ 250 crore mark.