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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat zooms past Rs 100 crore in opening weekend

Padmaavat hit the screens a day before the Republic Day holiday, but paid previews on January 24 had given its earnings a jump-start of Rs 5 crore.

Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 29, 2018 21:17 IST ]
Deepika Padukone in Padmaavat

Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer Padmaavat has marched past the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office in its opening weekend despite facing a long period of struggle for release, bringing cheer to the Bollywood cash registers .

According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Padmaavat made a total of Rs 114 crore by January 28 after releasing on January 25 across 4,000 screens in India. ''Looking at the overall scenario, #Padmaavat has put up FANTASTIC numbers in its extended weekend... Crosses ₹ 100 cr mark... Wed [limited previews] 5 cr, Thu 19 cr, Fri 32 cr, Sat 27 cr, Sun 31 cr. Total: ₹ 114 cr. India biz,'' he tweeted

It hit the screens a day before the Republic Day holiday, but paid previews on January 24 had given its earnings a jump-start of Rs 5 crore. This was followed by Rs 19 crore on January 25, Rs 32 crore on January 26 and Rs 27 crore on January 27 and Rs 31 crore on January 28.

Padmaavat is even doing well in the US as well as in Pakistan. However, in Malaysia, the film has reportedly been barred from release over "sensitivities of Islam".The magnum opus has also performed fantastic in North America. ''While most films don’t do more than $ 3 million / $ 4 million *lifetime* internationally, #Padmaavat has grossed close to $ 5 million in its *opening weekend* in NORTH AMERICA alone... HUMONGOUS... Weekend total: $ 4,980,887 [₹ 31.71 cr]… Few locations to be added...,'' Taran Adarsh tweeted.

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 ensuing violence, the movie did not release in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh as well as in some theatres across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

It has received mixed reviews, with some appreciating the movie for its visual brilliance and impeccable performances, while some slamming it for glorifying the practice of Jauhar (self-immolation) and for showcasing Alauddin Khilji as demon-like.

(With IANS inputs)

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