After a cold summer at box office, things seem getting bit warmer since last weekend.
Annabelle Creation beat expectation on Friday to earn first place at the box office with ₹5.75cr or $900k. Rolling in the Thursday of ₹3.5cr or $540k, it stands at ₹9.25cr or $1.45mn by Friday. Expectations were high from film, but not that it would finish in first place on Friday. Friday is not quite as much as The Conjuring 2 made in 2016, but enough to cross Annabelle (2014) weekend. Its reviews aren’t much pleasing, but with user rating of 80%, fans are clearly happy with the film. From here film will be chasing $10mn mark in India though $12.4mn or ₹83cr of The Conjuring 2 may be a task. However it may challenge Weekend gross of ₹26.8cr or $4mn of same depending on Saturday growth.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha landed in second place with ₹4.7cr Approx, lifting its cume up at ₹118.2cr . This is behind what Rustom and Airlift did on their 2nd Friday, in similar range of Jolly LLB 2. After Week One, lifetime looked like to close at ₹165cr Approx but from here ₹150cr is more likely. Film looked like even bigger grosser during weekend but weekdays were downer. What look like easy ₹200cr Global total after 5 days, may fell short by some ₹20cr.
The next best release was Bareilly Ki Barfi, which earned 3rd place with ₹3cr approx. This is almost similar to what Hindi Medium did earlier this year. Film has got fair reviews from critics as well as audience with score of 78% on Book My Show par Dum Laga Ke Haisha. If film manage to have growth over weekend can emerge a Sleeper Hit as cost are on lower side.
Friday was Deja Vu of June 10th, 2016, when The Conjuring 2 topped Box Office beating Akshay’s holdover Housefull 3. Not only that, there was a Hindi film TE3N that opened to similar note as Bareilly Ki Barfi. However cummulative Box Office is lower but here Weekend may go bit higher.