1 min read.Updated: 04 Feb 2019, 12:20 PM ISTLata Jha
Having initially suffered a hit in the south thanks to the Pongal releases -- Petta and Viswasam, Uri is now making its way to that market too
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga had a lackluster start, but picked up at select urban centres towards evening
NEW DELHI :
Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike seems unstoppable at the box office, having earned ₹180.23 crore by the end of its fourth week. Sustaining its hold over film theatres, the film created an all-time record in the past week by collecting ₹6.25 crore on its fourth Saturday, beating blockbuster Baahubali 2: The Conclusion that had earned ₹6.20 crore on the same day, according to trade website Box Office India.
“Uri: The Surgical Strike remains the first choice of moviegoers. Continues to pose tough competition to all films - new as well as holdover titles," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
Having initially suffered a hit in the south thanks to the Pongal releases -- Petta and Viswasam, Uriis now making its way to that market too. The film has earned ₹7.70 crore in Nizam and Andhra Pradesh, ₹13.05 crore in Mysore and ₹3.13 crore in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. According to Box Office India, the third week figures are an all-time high in Mysore, beating previous record holder, Aamir Khan’s Dangal, by a substantial margin.
Adarsh said the ₹200 crore mark seems certain for the Aditya Dhar directed film that has benefited from the lack of interest in new releases. Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao-starrer Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has opened to poor figures of ₹6.75 crore with even multiplexes showing only 40% growth on Saturday compared to Friday. Box Office India said it is no surprise that the subject of the film that deals with homosexual relationships, has been rejected outright.
“Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga had a lackluster start, but picked up at select urban centres towards evening. Growth on day two and day three essential for a respectable weekend total," Adarsh tweeted about the film that had notched up a screen count of 1,500.
Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, is limping towards the ₹70 crore mark, having made ₹4.75 crore on its second Saturday, taking its current total to ₹64.06 crore. However, having been made at a budget of more than ₹100 crore, the film needs to have even longer legs to ensure healthy returns.