NEW DELHI :
Ajay Devgn’s romantic comedy De De Pyaar De has managed above average collections of Rs. 34.75 crore over the first three days, making it the eighth highest opening weekend of the year so far. The top weekend earner of 2019 till date is another Devgn film, ensemble comedy Total Dhamaal that had made Rs. 60.75 crore within three days followed by Akshay Kumar’s Kesari at Rs. 54.35 crore.
“De De Pyaar De jumps on day two. Strong word-of-mouth has come into play. Metros (are) rocking. Tier-two cities and mass circuits show upward trend," trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted about the film that grew from Rs. 8.50 crore on Friday to Rs. 12.50 crore and Rs. 14 crore on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Trade website Box Office India said the film would have done even better had it not been for the Lok Sabha election polling on Sunday, and crossed the weekend numbers of Uri: The Surgical Strike (Rs. 35.92 crore) and Student Of The Year 2 (Rs. 36.15 crore). The Akiv Ali directed movie is particularly strong in markets like Mumbai, Delhi and the National Capital Region and east Punjab. The weekend numbers, however, are low by some other Devgn film standards like Baadshaho (Rs. 36.28 crore), which itself was an ordinary opener when released in 2017.
Meanwhile, Hollywood blockbuster Avengers: Endgame has sustained its solid run at the box office in India, making Rs. 356.71 crore at last count, with the possibility of touching the Rs. 370 crore mark. The comparatively lackluster response to De De Pyaar De and American neo-noir action thriller John Wick 3- Parabellum further boosted Endgame’s prospects this week.