‘Highway’, directed by Imtiaz Ali, has collected around Rs15 crore in India leaving ‘Darr@The Mall’ far behind despite both films reportedly hitting around same number of screens i.e approximately 800 in the country on February 21.

“Darr@The Mall has earned around Rs 3.5 crore in four days and 'Highway' has collected between Rs15-15.5 crore," Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines said.

Puneet Sahay of Spice Cinemas says ‘Highway’, co-produced by Imtiaz and Sajid Nadiadwala, picked up well on weekend.

"The occupancy on the opening day was only 42 percent. It picked up on Saturday with 78 percent occupancy. 'Highway' did better on Sunday with 83 percent occupancy. The audience appreciated Alia's acting and also the picturisation," said Sahay.

"On Monday, the occupancy dropped to 35 percent. ‘Darr@The Mall' is not doing well. It was around 20 percent in first three days and on Monday only 15 percent," he said.

Alia even impressed megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who praised the 20-year-old in his tweet. “HtohP'('Hasee Toh Phasee') and 'Highway' ... two films back to back and did not want to come away from them. Parineeti and Alia ... gems," Amitabh tweeted on Sunday.

Actress Raima Sen was also spellbound by Alia's acting prowess in ‘Highway’. "Saw 'Highway'. Alia totally rocked! New star is born," Raima tweeted on Monday.

(Agencies)

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