New Delhi: Zoya Akhtar’s musical drama Gully Boy has opened to more than just favourable reviews. The Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt-starrer made 71.25 crore over its four-day opening weekend, gaining ground especially in metros like Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi and the National Capital Region and Bengaluru. Hyderabad with its substantial Muslim population has also taken to the film with Muslim protagonists in a big way.

Gully Boy takes a massive start. Valentine’s Day, not an official holiday, has given a big boost (to collections). Metros are rocking, contribute to superb total," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh about the film that made 19.25 crore on the first day and sustained with 12.75 crore, 18.5 crore and 20.75 crore on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The film is lead actor Singh’s second highest opener after his recent blockbuster action comedy Simmba that earned 20.76 crore on its first day and has beaten the opening day collections of Pamaavat ( 18.21 crore ), Gunday ( 14.82 crore) and Bajirao Mastani ( 12.30 crore).

As expected, the film based loosely on the life of street rappers Divine and Naezy, has not found acceptance in small towns and mass circuits like Rajasthan, Gujarat and some territories of central India. Some cities outside metros with multiplex presence like Chandigarh, Nagpur, Ahmadabad and Baroda have done decently though and the youth is further expected to drive in crowds over the coming week.

The film is also making the right noise overseas, having crossed $ 1.5 million ( 10.70 crore) in USA and Canada, $ 894,000 ( 6.38 crore) in the UAE and Gulf countries, £ 181,307 ( 1.67 crore) in the UK, A$ 320,435 ( 1.63 crore) in Australia and NZ$ 83,588 ( 40.94 lakh) in New Zealand and Fiji.

Meanwhile, war drama Uri: The Surgical Strike continues its box office run, having made 7 crore in its sixth weekend, and taking its total to 225.5 crore. According to trade website Box Office India, it has beaten the sixth week numbers of all-time blockbusters like Gadar ( 6.09 crore), Badhaai Ho ( 5.72 crore) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion ( 5.38 crore) in just three days. 

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