New Delhi: Romantic comedy Luka Chuppi has brought good news for the medium-budget movie genre yet again. The Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon-starrer has made Rs. 30.50 crore over its opening weekend, according to trade website Box Office India, building on the legacy of multiplex films like Raazi, Badhaai Ho and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety that did well last year.
“Luka Chuppi zooms upwards on day two. A strong day three will place it in a comfortable position due to the controlled costs," trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted adding that at Rs. 8.01 crore, the film crossed the first day numbers of lead actor Aaryan’s previous films, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (Rs. 6.42 crore) and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (Rs. 6.80 crore) and older multiplex films like Raazi ([Rs. 7.53 crore), Stree (Rs. 6.83 crore) and Badhaai Ho (Rs. 7.29 crore).
Clearly, Luka Chuppi has beaten the opening weekend numbers of the other Hindi release this week, dacoit drama Sonchiriya directed by Abhishek Chaubey. Despite faces like Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar, the film set in the ravines of Chambal, is looking at a weekend of Rs. 3.50 crore.
Ensemble comedy Total Dhamaal continues to grow at a rapid pace, crossing the Rs. 100 crore mark in its second weekend to take its current box office total to Rs. 115 crore. The holiday on Monday allowed the film a healthy weekend of Rs. 22.50 crore, especially in territories like Gujarat and Saurashtra.
“Total Dhamaal crosses Rs. 100 crore. Mass circuits (excellent) and metros (good) collectively contribute to the growth," Adarsh tweeted.
While Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy has reached Rs. 128.35 crore, war drama Uri: The Surgical Strike remains unshakeable, at Rs. 238.01 crore, all set to cross the Rs. 239 crore collections of recent blockbuster action comedy Simmba. Trade experts are looking at a lifetime total of Rs. 245 crore for the film.
Meanwhile, the story is just as impressive in the south. Tamil political satire LKG has sprung up a pleasant surprise, grossing Rs. 14 crore in Tamil Nadu alone, made on a shoestring budget of Rs. 3.5 crore.