Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat is all set to cross the 100-crore mark in its opening weekend despite facing protests and outrage marring its screening in some states. The film is sure to cross its 100-crore mark in its opening weekend itself, according to trade experts.
The Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer opened to mixed reviews on January 25 -- a day before the Republic Day holiday -- but paid previews on January 24 had given its earnings a jumpstart.
According to Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the film minted Rs 5 crore from paid previews on January 24, followed by Rs 19 crore January 25, Rs 32 crore January 26 and Rs 27 crore on January 27, taking the cumulative total to Rs 83 crore.
From Europe to Japan, Germany to Belgium, #Padmaavat is creating magic across the globe. Check the list for theatres near you. #PadmaavatInTheatresNow@RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone @shahidkapoor @aditiraohydari @Viacom18Movies @Bhansali_Prod @TSeries pic.twitter.com/DTSAwYRYW6— Padmaavat (@filmpadmaavat) January 28, 2018
Ranveer is all "smiles", while Deepika described the box office figures as "absolutely unbelievable" and Shahid celebrated the response by tweeting "balle balle". Trade analysts are confident that the movie will cross the Rs 100 crore mark with Sunday's collections, giving the magnum opus a promising opening weekend figure.
Balle balle https://t.co/KgOyMHmcal— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) January 28, 2018
Trade analyst Atul Mohan tweeted on Sunday: "'Padmaavat' had a big Saturday with Rs 27 crore, which brings its total to Rs 83 crore. Will march past Rs 100 crore today."
#Padmaavat had a BIG Saturday with ₹27 cr which brings its total to ₹83 cr!!! Will march past 100 cr today! @filmpadmaavat @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial @shahidkapoor #DeepikaPadukone #RanveerSingh #ShahidKapoor— Atul Mohan (@atulmohanhere) January 28, 2018
Mohan is confident the movie's first week collections will amount to Rs 180 crore to Rs 210 crore. Another trade expert Taran Adarsh said "Padmaavat" has continued to "sparkle" at the box office.
"Business on Saturday (after a big holiday on Friday) was exceptional. Will comfortably cross Rs 100 crore mark today," he said.
Ranveer, who essays Alauddin Khilji in the film, tweeted a photograph in which he looks visibly happy with all the praise coming his way.
"All smiles," he captioned it.
"Padmaavat", based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's poem "Padmavat", was caught in a row after protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena which contended that it distorts historical facts and dents the pride of the Rajput community.
As a result of the violence that ensued, the movie did not release in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
(With IANS Inputs)