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The collections of Tanhaji in Pune alone will be more than the all India figures of competing release Chhapaak
The collections of Tanhaji in Pune alone will be more than the all India figures of competing release Chhapaak

‘Tanhaji’ continues grand run while ‘Chhapaak’ nosedives

  • This takes the total box office earnings of the film so far to around Rs162 crore
  • Trade website Box Office India said the film centered on the Maratha empire is seeing unprecedented collections in Maharashtra

NEW DELHI : Ajay Devgn’s period drama Tanhaji- The Unsung Warrior shows no signs of slowing down at the box office, with its second weekend collections standing at Rs46 crore. This takes the total box office earnings of the film so far to around Rs162 crore.

“Tanhaji has a smashing weekend two. Returns to top form on (second) Saturday and Sunday. Blockbuster in Maharashtra. Should cross Rs. 200 crore in week three, will be the first double century of 2020," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

Trade website Box Office India said the film centered on the Maratha empire is seeing unprecedented collections in Maharashtra where the only other movie to have notched up such numbers was blockbuster war epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. A city like Nasik is already at Rs2.50 crore and the trend continues in Sholapur, Kohlapur, Aurangabad and Latur where all records for Hindi films have been broken. A metro like Pune will reach net collections of Rs20 crore in a couple of days, only from 40 odd cinemas.

In fact, the collections of Tanhaji in Pune alone will be more than the all India figures of competing release Chhapaak over the second weekend. Moreover, the lifetime figures in Pune could beat Chhapaak’s lifetime numbers across the country. The film’s performance in Maharashtra is hardly surprising given that it is based on the life of of Tanaji Malusare, the military leader of Shivaji, founder of the Maratha empire.

It is interesting, however, that the film co-starring Saif Ali Khan and Kajol has fared very differently in north and east India where in Delhi / Uttar Pradesh, East Punjab and West Bengal it will not even figure in the top 50 films of all times. The film that definitely has a shot at Rs200 crore will see around 50% of its business coming from the Mumbai circuit.

Although with a budget of Rs150 crore, Tanhaji needs much higher returns than Chhapaak that was made for Rs35-40 crore. Of the current theatre collections of Rs162 crore, 50% will be kept by the exhibition chains and hence only Rs80 crore will accrue to the producers and distributors. So nearly half the investment still needs to be recouped.

The story of Chhapaak is not rosy either. The film’s theatrical business remains underwhelming with the Deepika Padukone-starrer crashing further over its second weekend, having made Rs29.25 crore at last count. The film is estimated to touch Rs31 crore at the most by the end of this week. Again, that would mean a share of only Rs15 crore for producers Padukone and Fox Star Studios. The film based on the story of an acid-attack victim Laxmi Agarwal, has probably been unable to draw family audiences.

Surprisingly, the small-budget, non-star driven comedy drama Jai Mummy Di that released this Friday has better collections than the Meghna Gulzar directed film in most locations of Delhi and Punjab, according to Box Office India.

The other big blockbuster of the season is comedy drama Good Newwz that has managed a little under Rs192 crore and is looking to be the sixth highest net grosser of 2019 after War, Kabir Singh, Uri - The Surgical Strike, Housefull 4 and Bharat. Good Newwz, starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani, is the story of two couples trying to have a child through in vitro fertilization.

“Good Newwz crosses lifetime business of Mission Mangal, has a glorious run in Delhi-NCR, Punjab, Mumbai," Adarsh had tweeted.

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