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Baaghi 3 trumps COVID-19 scare, opens well

  • Its weekend box office lags way behind the three-day total of Baaghi 2 in 2018 at 72.48 crore
  • Baaghi 3 has made $1.760 million ( 13.03 crore) overseas

NEW DELHI: Tiger Shroff’s action drama Baaghi 3 seems to have trumped the ongoing COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, scare across the country. The Ahmed Khan directed film made 53 crore over the weekend, doing particularly well in small towns where Shroff is a favourite especially among children.

Yet, the film has definitely seen its business being somewhat hit by a couple of things - the coronavirus scare and the ongoing school exams across the country. Consequently, its weekend box office lags way behind the three-day total of Baaghi 2 in 2018 ( 72.48 crore).

Starting with 17.50 crore on Friday, the film saw a drop of 12% on Saturday though there was a leap yet again on Sunday.

“Baaghi 3 slows down on day two. Single screens strong, metro multiplexes ordinary. Should witness growth on day three. Day five (Holi) should see substantial footfalls, noon onwards. Eyes 52 crore weekend," trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted earlier.

The 17.50 crore earnings, however, were the best opening day numbers of the year so far, beating the 13 crore earnings of Tanhaji- The Unsung Warrior. Trade website Box Office India said the film is doing best in places like Bihar, central India, Nizam and Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Saurashtra. However, metros and tier-two towns like Chandigarh and Jaipur are recording ordinary collections which make the lifetime earnings of Baaghi 2 ( 160.74 crore) seem out of reach.

Adarsh added that the film had made $1.760 million ( 13.03 crore) overseas, including $365,000 in the US and Canada, $841,000 in the UAE and Gulf, $147,000 in the UK, $109,000 in Australia, and $298,000 in the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, last week’s release, Anubhav Sinha-directed Thappad had taken its box office collections to 23.50 crore at last count. The Taapsee Pannu-starrer that had started well in Delhi NCR was unable to sustain the numbers, unlike the other niche offering in recent times, Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. Box Office India said the film should wrap up in the same range as Vicky Kaushal’s horror flick BHOOT: Part One- The Haunted Ship ( 30.24 crore) though the numbers of Deepika Padukone-starrer Chhapaak ( 32.54 crore) seem out of reach.

“Thappad is below the mark in week one. Finds patronage in Delhi, NCR, but is underwhelming in most circuits. Needs miraculous strength in weekend two," Adarsh had tweeted earlier.

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