‘Dilwale’ maintained its consistent pace well on Wednesday as well, and as a result has now crossed the Rs. 1 billion mark. With Rs. 1.0265 billion coming in, the film has now stepped into the Rs. 1 Billion Club, hence being only the fifth Hindi film this year to manage this feat. The others are:
‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ – Rs. 3.21 billion
‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ – Rs. 2.10 billion
‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ – Rs. 1.52 billion
‘ABCD – Any Body Can Dance 2’ – Rs. 1.07 billion
‘Dilwale’ – Rs. 1.0265 billion
Interestingly, Varun Dhawan already has a Rs. 1 billion success in there (‘ABCD – Any Body Can Dance 2’) and it would be his second this year.
As for Shah Rukh Khan, it is his sixth Rs. 1 billion success in a row:
‘Happy New Year’ – Rs. 2.05 billion
‘Chennai Express’ – Rs. 2.27 billion
‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ – Rs. 1.22 billion
‘Don 2’ – Rs. 1.07 billion
‘Ra. One’ – Rs. 1.14 billion
Though both ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Chennai Express’ had managed this feat by the time their first weekend was through, ‘Dilwale’ had to wait for a while due to lesser screens and very tough competition from ‘Bajirao Mastani’.
The Rohit Shetty flick has got number of screens in its second week and though at multiplexes this is lesser than ‘Bajirao Mastani’, it is still optimal as the distribution would have been similar had there been a release of some new biggie in this week.
The film would comfortably cross the 150 crore mark which would qualify it as a Hit. Its run beyond this mark would be decided by the footfalls it manages to attract in this all important three day long Christmas weekend.
Note: All collections as per production and distributor sources