New Delhi: Ensemble comedy Total Dhamaal has notched up the highest opening weekend of the year so far making Rs. 61 crore in box office collections over three days. The Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor-starrer beat the Rs. 50.71 crore earnings of last week’s release Gully Boy that also had the advantage of the Valentine’s Day holiday period. Clearly, it has also beaten the Rs. 45.05 crore business of Double Dhamaal (2011) and Rs. 32.51 earnings of Dhamaal (2007).
“Total Dhamaal sets the box office on fire on day two. Metros and multiplexes join the party, thus contributing to an impressive total. Will score bigger numbers on day three, since families and kids are patronising it," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh. He added that while holiday and festive weekends have obvious advantages, of late non-holiday releases have done significantly well, Total Dhamaal being the second case in point after war drama Uri: The Surgical Strike.
Trade website Box Office India said the film showed promising growth in Mumbai, Delhi and the National Capital Region, East Punjab, Mysore, Gujarat and Saurashtra with small towns and non-metros scoring particularly well. In the last two mentioned markets, the film has been trending better than blockbuster action comedy Simmba and will beat the lifetime business of Gully Boy in the opening weekend alone.
Meanwhile, the Indra Kumar directed film has exceeded expectations in international markets as well, minting $1.23 million (Rs. 8.74 crore) on day one, including $ 235,000 in the US and Canada, $ 700,000 in the UAE and Gulf, $ 93,000 in the UK, $ 70,000 in Australia and $ 30,000 in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt-starrer Gully Boy is still working its charm in metros and multiplexes, having taken its total to Rs.109 crore with a screen count of 2,000 screens and crossing Rs. 40 crore in Mumbai alone. Box Office India said the Zoya Akhtar directed film should be one of the top five metro films in the past 15 years, along with the likes of Chak De! India, Taare Zameen Par, Barfi and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.