Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt film passes Monday test with flying colours


New Delhi: Brahmastra, directed by Ayan Mukerji, seems to have passed the crucial test on Monday after a positive weekend trend. According to Pinkvilla, the fantasy drama collected Rs 16.25 crore on its fourth day of release, of which Rs 14.25 crore came from the Hindi markets and another Rs 2 crore from the dubbed language versions. There are contradictions in the Brahmastra box office reports; on the other hand, Dharma Productions shares the daily gross figures with reference to the source. The film’s weekend earnings of Rs 225 crore, as reported by Dharma on Monday, have also been disputed.

According to Bollywood Hungama, the Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer Brahmastra has so far earned over Rs 143 crore in India and Rs 65 crore from foreign markets, taking its worldwide total to roughly Rs 209 crore in four days. Padmaavat ($11.50 million), Dhoom 3 ($10.30 million), Sultan ($9.60 million), Dilwale ($8.80 million) and Dangal ($8.70 million) after Brahmastra it was the fifth highest foreign opening for a Bollywood film.

It will soon cross the Rs 150 crore mark, joining Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Sanju as Ranbir’s third film. Ranbir recently released Shamshera, his third high-profile flop after Bombay Velvet and Jagga Jasoos.

The film is doing well in IMAX where it had 50% occupancy and is doing particularly well in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is expected that the film’s ability to make money will ultimately depend on the multiplex markets.

The film was released amid persistent boycott calls and several related controversies. Also, the Hindi film industry has borne the brunt of its fortunes after several back-to-back failures. Brahmastra, the first film in a planned trilogy, also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Mouni Roy and Dimple Kapadia. Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone make brief cameos.

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