[tps_footer]Bollywood films ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ have entered their second weekend phase and surprisingly the first week has together been less than Salman Khan‘s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Both the films are big budget movies with a budget bigger than that of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. However, ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ put together could not beat the first week collections of Salman Khan‘s film despite the huge Christmas holiday factor. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ released during Eid and also had few holidays in between, but ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ both have more number of screenings hence the holiday factor is immaterial.
‘Dilwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ combined have a business of Rs. 181 crores net approx (Rs. 1.81 billion) which is a good number however is less than what Salman’s film collected. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ had a collection of Rs. 183.50 crores net approx (Rs. 1.83 billion) which is higher by a close margin. Aamir Khan’s film ‘PK’ that released during 2014 Christmas also had similar collections of Rs. 181 crores net approx after its first week at the box office. However this year two films are sharing the business which together also could not beat the previous records.
In the beginning both the films were doing well at the box office with ‘Dilwale’ leading ahead. However now things have taken a sudden turn with ‘Bajirao Mastani’ showing lot of growth due to Christmas factor and Dilwale falling flat on its second weekend. Worldwide however ‘Dilwale’ is still doing better but not better than ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. The film did however become the highest opening film overseas of 2015 leaving ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ behind.
Now that the first week business of both films has failed to affect any records set previously, breaking the overall record set by Salman Khan this year is out of the question. Both the films are expected to gain some momentum this weekend as there are no new releases and the market is up for grabs till January 8th.[/tps_footer]