New Delhi: Aamir Khan's ‘PK' has comfortably crossed Rs 500 cr mark becoming the fastest flick ever to do so. The satirical comedy within two weeks of its release has made a gross collection of Rs 516 cr including domestic earning of Rs 394 cr.
The movie is now eyeing ‘Dhoom 3's' worldwide collection of Rs 542 cr gross while with no competition this week Rs 600 cr mark also seems achievable. The entire hullabaloo surrounding ‘PK' has just helped the cash registers ringing at box office in spite of harming it as most of the protestors expected.
With UP and Bihar government removing entertainment tax from the movie, the third week is expected to add more moolah at box office.
Such steps by the State government are commendable considering the state-wide protests trying best to affect its collection.
Taking a jibe at the state-wide protests, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav earlier said, “All trouble-makers have been too busy rioting and tearing up posters to have noticed what the film is talking about. I've made the film tax-free so that they can now watch it."
Around 60% entertainment tax is levied on the gross value of the movie ticket in Uttar Pradesh while in Bihar 50% tax is imposed.
However, a large percentage of the movie goers have watched the flick and according to leading dailies, most of the theatres are witnessing repeat audience.
Meanwhile, on the first day of the year, PK once again saw over a 50% jump in its collection from Wednesday making Rs 13 cr nett in India. The Rajkumar Hirani's directorial two weeks' nett total now stands at Rs 277.82 cr falling just short of Dhoom 3's lifetime collection of Rs 280 cr.
The movie by today should break that record to become Bollywood's biggest grosser.
Here are the two weeks nett figures of PK-
Week 1 Fri cr 26.63 cr,
Sat 30.40 cr,
Sun 38.44 cr,
Mon 21.22 cr,
Tue 19.36 cr,
Wed 19.55 cr,
Thur- 27.55 cr,
Week 2 Fri 14.48 cr,
Sun 21.85 cr,
Mon 11 cr
Tue 9.11 cr
Wed- 8.5 cr
Thur- 13 cr
Total – 277.82 cr