New Delhi: The past weekend may be a success story for everyone but unsurprisingly, Hollywood has scored over Bollywood yet again. American superhero film 'Captain Marvel' is looking at opening weekend collections of around ₹40.35 crore in contrast to Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu-starrer 'Badla' that has collected Rs. 22.75 crore. At ₹13 crore, the Marvel film with Brie Larson playing a female superhero emerged as the second-highest Hollywood opening day earner of all time in India, though much behind 'Avengers: Infinity War' that had collected ₹31.3 crore on its first day.
To be sure, 'Captain Marvel' is setting the stage for the big Marvel offering, 'Avengers: Endgame', due for release at the end of April. Its first installment 'Avengers: Infinity War' is currently the highest-grossing Hollywood film in India, at ₹227.43 crore.
“Hollywood scores yet again. 'Captain Marvel' takes a Marvel-ous start at the box office. Packs a superb total on day one. Overpowers all titles — new as well as holdover — by a margin," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
Released in around 1,450 locations and 1,900 screens, 'Captain Marvel' looked at modest showcasing, according to trade website Box Office India, with Hindi, Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions releasing alongside English.
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, 'Badla' is focusing mostly on high-end multiplex audiences with particular appeal for big metros such as Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The film began with ₹5 crore on Friday and showed a growth of 65% on Saturday to post a decent weekend total.
“'Badla' is a success story. Glowing word-of-mouth converts into footfalls, consolidates its box office status. Metros and multiplexes (are) splendid. Tier-two cities join the party on day two and three," Adarsh tweeted.
Meanwhile, Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon’s romantic comedy 'Luka Chuppi' is already on its way to hit status, having collected ₹64.95 crore at last count and trade experts estimating lifetime business of ₹85 crore. The one film that remains fairly unaffected by new releases is ensemble comedy 'Total Dhamaal' that has crossed ₹136 crore and is on its way to becoming lead actor Ajay Devgn’s biggest hit after 'Golmaal Again' ( ₹205 crore).
While Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s 'Gully Boy' is likely to finish at ₹135 crore, the one bonafide blockbuster of 2019 so far is war drama 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' that is still running in a few locations in its ninth weekend, having collected ₹242.50 crore and inching towards the ₹245-crore mark.