Anurag Basu’s heartwarming film didn’t merely win hearts, but also raked in big moolah
Director Anurag Basu’s Barfi! starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz saw a good opening at the box office, as it made Rs 34. 6 crores in its opening weekend. In fact, the Saturday and Sunday collections were higher than on the opening day, mainly because of good word of mouth publicity and great reviews.
The film continued to be strong during the week and raked in an additional Rs 20 crore by Wednesday. The film has also made Rs 13 crores in the form of overseas collections. On Wednesday it saw a big jump at the BO due to the Ganesh Chaturthi holiday. So this UTV Motion Pictures’ production, which was made at a budget of around Rs 30 crore, has already raked in over Rs 60 crores in just six days. Ranbir’s last release Rockstar, on the other hand, made Rs 50 crores in its first week, while Barfi! did it in just five days. Thursday saw a slight dip in earnings (Rs 5.65 crores), perhaps because of the Bharat bandh, but the fact that Delhi and Mumbai were largely unaffected helped the film. Trade analysts are hoping that the movie picks up from where it left off on Friday (today).
Trade experts estimate that Barfi! will continue to be strong at the BO over the next week too, especially because of the negative buzz around this Friday’s release – Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine.