Mumbai: With many movies at the box office, no movie can be seen as a threat to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The movie based on Olympic athlete Milkha Singh starring Farhan Akthar and Sonam Kapoor has hit the box office very hard making Rs. 8.5 crore on the very first day and Rs. 31.3 crore in its opening weekend.

Though the movie had a slow start but it picked up very quickly making it a box office hit. With Lootera and Policegiri on their way out, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has seemingly made a significant gain.

After a good initial response, Ranveer Singh-Sonakshi Sinha’s film slowed down at the BO, while Sanjay Dutt’s cop caper stopped at Rs 13.67 crore in its first week. Trade analyst Amod Mehra says, “Bhaag Milkha…. is doing very well. Though the film began on a slow note on Friday morning, it picked up speed the afternoon onwards. Saturday was better and Sunday was even better. Since the film is above three hours it got fewer shows but given the audience reaction, the recovery won’t be an issue.”

According to distributor Suniel Wadhwa, the north Indian territories are believed to be fetching bigger dividends. He says, “Since Milkha is from Punjab, the northern territories will do great. Lootera has seen a drop of 70 to 80 percent over the weekend.”

Distributor Sunny Khanna says, “Bhaag Milkha…. is running a marathon at the box office (Thursday: Rs 90 lakh, Friday: Rs 8.35 crore, Saturday: Rs 10.15 crore, Sunday: Rs 11.90 crore).”

Sanjay Ghai from Mukta Arts said, "BMB is doing extraordinary business in Delhi. It has collected around Rs.5 crore in two days, which is outstanding."He added, "Advance booking is on full swing and there are hardly any tickets available for Sunday."

Rajasthan-based Sunil Bhansal of Yashraj Jai Pictures Pvt. Ltd., sees a bright prospect for the film and says if footfalls don't dip on Monday, it may join the Rs.100-crore club.

"So far, the collections are going strong and if the film doesn't dip on Monday and goes steadily, then it may be in the Rs.100-crore club."

Sixteen had a poor response at box office and collected around Rs 50 lakh only in the first weekend. Lootera collected Rs 2 crore net in its second weekend, which is a drop of 87 percent from its first weekend (Rs 15.35 crore).



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