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Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Baahubali crush new releases

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‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ continued to gallop in the second week as well with terrific numbers coming in day after day. There was hardly any ‘drop’ per se even after the second weekend and though Wednesday and Thursday were in Rs. 6-7 crore (Rs. 60-70 million) range, this was still huge enough as not many films this year have registered this number even on the opening day.

As a result, the film now stands at Rs. 273 crore (Rs. 2.73 billion) mark and it is just a matter of two more days before ‘Dhoom 3’ lifetime record of Rs. 284 crore (Rs. 2.84 billion) would be history. The game has become bigger for the Salman Khan starrer and while Rs. 300 crore (Rs. 3 billion) is a given now, it has to be seen how much further does it go from here. That said, the lifetime record of PK [Rs. 338 crore – Rs. 3.38 billion], looks quite difficult now. Still, Salman, Kabir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Eros would now be a part of Rs. 300 Crore Club (Rs. 3 Billion), which is a huge deal indeed.

‘Baahubali’ too has been doing quite well and continued to bring in moolah in the third week. Standing at Rs. 92 crore (Rs. 920 million) currently, it would most certainly hit the Rs. 97-98 crore mark (Rs. 970-980 million), though by some stroke of luck it may well touch Rs. 100 crore (Rs. 1 billion) as well. With ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ as competition on one side and new Hindi release ‘Drishyam’ on another, this S.S. Rajamouli film has still broken records in a huge way and that too entirely on merit.

Meanwhile, ‘Masaan’ and ‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’ were crushed with such mighty all around competition from commercial films. At least former got some appreciation but eventually, its fate would be relegated to award functions next year.

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