NEW DELHI :
Vicky Kaushal-starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike has recorded higher collections in its second weekend compared to the first, taking its current box office total to ₹108.49 crore. Trade website Box Office India said the film based on the 2016 attacks collected ₹37.25 crore this past weekend compared to ₹35.92 crore in its first three days. The Aditya Dhar directed movie is not just the first ₹100 crore Hindi film earner of 2019 but also the first certified blockbuster of the year.
“Uri: The Surgical Strike is a force to reckon with at the box office," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh. “Remains the first choice of moviegoers, eclipsing the business of all films (new and holdover titles)."
The last time the second weekend was better than the first was in 2015 with Yash Raj Films’ comedy drama Dum Laga Ki Haisha where the second weekend made a few more lakhs and before that in 2014 with Kangana Ranaut’s Queen but there is a huge difference as those films were doing it on low numbers while Uri - The Surgical Strike has managed it with good collections.
Adarsh added that the film crossed the ₹50 crore mark on day five and the ₹75 crore mark on day eight, emerging as the best trending film as far as medium-budget outings go, even better than Tanu Weds Manu Returns, which is the highest grosser in the category. The film has already recovered its ₹42 crore production and publicity cost and theatrical revenue is only adding to the profits.
Meanwhile, Emraan Hashmi’s latest film Why Cheat India has made for the actor’s lowest opening in recent times with ₹5.75 crore. The film clearly lost 20-30% of the collections due to the massive Uri wave.
“Why Cheat India is a non-starter. Needs miraculous growth over the weekend to post a decent total," Adarsh had tweeted when the film made ₹1.71 crore in India last Friday.