Sanju box office collection has broken all records, with the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer being spoken in superlative terms by trade and audience alike.
The controversial Sanjay Dutt biopic has earned a shade over Rs 120 crore within three days of release and has emerged as the highest weekend earner of 2018, having demolished records set by Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat and Salman Khan’s Race 3. If that was not big enough, it has also left Baahubali 2 behind, having earned Rs 46.5 crore in a single day.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#Sanju sets the BO on... Gets #JaaduKiJhappi from the audience... Collects Rs 46.71 cr on Sun, MIND-BOGGLING... Has an EXCEPTIONAL cr+ opng weekend... Emerges HIGHEST OPENING WEEKEND of 2018... Fri 34.75 cr, Sat 38.60 cr, Sun 46.71 cr. Total: ₹ 120.06 cr. India biz.”
He went on to add, “While #Sanju has crossed the *3-day opening weekend biz* of #Race3 by a distance, it has also crossed the *extended weekend biz* of #Padmaavat by a margin... That’s not all, #Sanju has also surpassed the *3-day opening weekend biz* of #TigerZindaHai [₹ 114.93 cr]... AWESOME!”
Comparing Sanju and Padmaavat box office numbers for a single day, the trade analyst tweeted, “#Sanju creates H-I-S-T-O-R-Y... Records HIGHEST SINGLE DAY for a HINDI film... DEMOLISHES the record held by #Baahubali2 [Hindi]... #Baahubali2 had collected ₹ 46.50 cr on Day 3 [Sun]… #Sanju has surpassed it, collects ₹ 46.71 cr on Day 3 [Sun]. India biz.”
Starring Ranbir Kapoor inas Sanjay Dutt, Sanju began on a thunderous note on Friday with a collection of 34.75 crore. Despite being a non-holiday release, the film took the box office by storm. Its collection was more than Rs 5 crore bigger than Salman Khan’s Race 3, which was ruling the charts so far.
Not only this, it has also become the biggest opener of Ranbir’s career. His best till date was Besharam that garnered Rs 21.56 crore upon its release in 2013.
Ranbir is receiving praise from Bollywood celebrities for his performance in Sanju. His rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt is also among them. At a media interaction, she said, “I really liked it. It is a fantastic, fabulous and an outstanding film. I think in my top 10 best film list, ‘Sanju’ is high up there. Ranbir is outstanding in it. Vicky Kaushal and Paresh ji (Rawal) also did a fantastic job.
Everyone including Anushka (Sharma) and Sonam (Kapoor) did really good job. It’s a full package.”
Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju also stars Ranbir as Sanjay Dutt, with Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Jim Sarbh and Anushka Sharma playing pivotal roles.
Here’s how Sanju stands in terms of top 5 opening weekend business at box office...
1. Sanju: Rs 120.06 crore
2. Padmavaat: Rs 114 crore [extended five day weekend]
3. Race 3: Rs 106.47 crore
4. Baaghi 2: Rs 73.10 crore
5. Raid: Rs 41.01 crore