‘Alita’ battles well but not nearly on a par with blockbuster ‘Uri’

  • 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' made Rs. 4.50 crore on its fifth Saturday,
  • 'Uri' has crossed the Rs. 200 crore mark taking its all-time total to Rs. 207.10 crore

NEW DELHI : American cyberpunk action film Alita: Battle Angel opened to decent box-office collections this weekend, having made 7.50 crore at last count, according to trade website Box Office India. At opening-day collections of 1.75 crore, the film was just a notch lower than Wonder Woman, the other recent female superhero Hollywood film that has earned 2.10 crore on its first day in India.

Alita: Battle Angel fared better than all new Hindi releases, although one expected better numbers," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh about the film that released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu apart from English, comparing it to new Bollywood offerings like horror thriller Amavas and Farhan Akhtar-starrer The Fakir Of Venice.

None of the new releases, however, could hold up against the Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike that made 4.50 crore on its fifth Saturday, crossing the 200 crore mark and taking its all-time total to 207.10 crore. The fifth Saturday collections are a record, according to Box Office India, as no other film has ever earned as high; even blockbuster Baahubali 2: The Conclusion had netted 2.50 crore on its fifth Saturday. The film directed by Aditya Dhar also surpassed the fourth week net collections of Baahubali 2 by a few lakhs, especially in the south where the Hindi version of the older war epic had only had a limited release.

Uri has also neared the $6 million mark overseas, having made $5,967,799 (Rs. 42.48 crore) overall, including $3.35 million in the US and Canada, $1.38 million in the UAE and Gulf countries, $592,000 in Australia, $235,000 in the UK, $221,000 in Singapore, $103,000 in New Zealand, $42,000 in south and east Africa, $12,000 in Fiji, $6,000 in Poland, $5,000 in Russia, $14,000 in Germany and $3,000 in the Netherlands.

The Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is going steady, having made 81.31 crore at the end of its second week with chances of crossing the 90 crore mark too. Meanwhile, the Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao-starrer Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has crashed further after its initial dull opening, with its lifetime total currently at 22.01 crore. According to Box Office India estimates, the film doesn’t just deal with the non-relatable subject of homosexual relationships but also has not been able to gather significant word-of-mouth from those who did watch it.

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