Bajirao Mastani hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. This was apparent from the fact that in each of the weekdays too, the film went on to bring around 5 crore. This reflects a wonderful hold that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film has managed to demonstrate, as a result of which it now stands at the 141 crore mark.
There are no new Hindi releases this week, which means Bajirao Mastani has an added advantage to consolidate further. It would comfortably cross the 150 crore mark in its third weekend, and would be the third highest grosser in 17 days flat, hence going past the lifetime collections of Tanu Weds Manu Returns, which had brought in 152 crore. This would be a major win for Eros, which now has three films in the Top-5 of 2015, including Bajrangi Bhaijaan as well.
This is how the list of Top-5 films in 2015 look like:
Bajrangi Bhaijaan – 321 crore
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – 210 crore
Tanu Weds Manu Returns – 152 crore
Bajirao Mastani – 141 crore (still running)
Dilwale – 135 crore (still running)
The film has now turned out to be a grand finale for everyone involved with Bajirao Mastani, including Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. 2016 has kick-started and it is time now for a new beginning for all. Bajirao Mastani has proven that if backed by good content and right marketing, promotion and release, a well made film can defy all odds and turn out to be a good scorer commercially.
Note: All collections as per production and distributor sources
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder