New Delhi: Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi has made the best of the holiday weekend, earning an estimated ₹40 crore over three days, according to trade website Box Office India. The film went from ₹7.75 crore on Friday to ₹17.75 crore and ₹15 crore on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
“Manikarnika sees remarkable growth on day two. Strong word-of-mouth has come into play, while Republic Day holiday has given the much-required boost," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh about the film that has released in Tamil and Telugu, apart from Hindi.
Co-directed by Ranaut and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, the film has made an estimated $ 1.071 million ( ₹7.61 crore) overseas. The holiday period has ensured that Manikarnika scores over the opening weekend collections of other female-centric films like Veere Di Wedding ( ₹35.39 crore) and Raazi ( ₹32.72 crore). However, Box Office India points out that the older films were made at nearly half the budget of Manikarnika, besides the fact that the film has not been appreciated in major markets like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Nizam / Andhra Pradesh.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray, a biopic on former Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray is collecting strong numbers only for its Marathi version. At last reported earnings of ₹7.25 crore, the film has only found an audience in Mumbai and Pune.
Meanwhile, after yet another strong weekend, Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike has taken its net domestic collections to ₹148 crore.
“While most mid-range films don’t touch ₹50 crore, Uri: The Surgical Strike has crossed the ₹50 crore mark in Mumbai and the ₹25 crore mark in Delhi-UP circuits. Contribution from Mumbai and Delhi-UP circuits is over ₹75 crore, which is phenomenal," Adarsh tweeted. “This one is a game-changer."
Box Office India said the film is easily eyeing the ₹200 crore mark. If it does so, holding well in week four and five, Uri will be the first Rs. 200 crore Hindi film made with a budget of less than ₹50 crore.