After its (extended) first week run, ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ has turned out to be the fourth best ever in the history of Bollywood. With around Rs. 73.7 million on Thursday more coming in, the film has now crossed the Rs. 1.7282 billion mark. This makes it sit amongst the biggest, what with ‘Dhoom 3’ [Rs. 1.88 billion], ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ [Rs. 1.8462 billion] and ‘PK’ [Rs. 1.83 billion] being the only films that did better.
Yes, this is an outcome of 8 day long week but even if one considers the first 7 days, collections are higher than next best flicks like ‘Kick’ [Rs. 1.6421 billion], ‘Chennai Express’ [Rs. 1.5671 billion] and ‘Happy New Year’ [Rs. 1.52 billion].
The film did go down on Monday when compared to its terrific Friday [Rs. 403.5 million]. However ever since then, the collections have been stable between Monday to Thursday. The Salman Khan starrer gains from the fact that there is no new mainstream Hindi release this weekend. Moreover, the reports of ‘Spectre’ aren’t terrific either, which means another huge run like ‘Furious 7’, ‘Avengers – Age of Ultrons’ and ‘Jurassic World’ is ruled out. This makes it a further comfortable situation for Rajshri and Fox who would be looking at a much stable run till the arrival of ‘Tamasha’ next Friday.
Sooraj Barjatya is now set to join the Rs. 2 billion club after Rajkumar Hirani [‘3 Idiots’, ‘PK’], Rohit Shetty [‘Chennai Express’], Vijay Krishna Acharya [‘Dhoom 3’], Sajid Nadiadwala [‘Kick’], Farah Khan [‘Happy New Year’] and Kabir Khan [‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’].
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources