Box office report: D-Day and Ramaiya Vastavaiya lose to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in the opening weekend

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s biopic is faring exceptionally well and remains the first choice of film buffs, despite new releases

From the beginning of 2013 Bollywood has been churning out multiple releases every Friday. This week two drastically different films hit the screens – espionage thriller D-Day and romcom Ramaiya Vastavaiya. Ironically, the Rishi Kapoor-Arjun Rampal-Irrfan Khan starrer that garnered amazing reviews from critics and audiences alike managed to do decent business at the box office, not better than the Girish Kumar-Shruti Haasan flick.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “Ramaiya Vastavaiya has performed very well at mass-dominated circuits/single screens mainly. The business at several centres witnessed an upward trend. Collected approximately Rs 15.30 crore nett in its opening weekend. Breakup: Friday Rs 4.10 crore, Saturday Rs 4.70 crore, Sun estimated Rs 6.50 crore.” About D-Day, Adarsh said, “Grew from strength to strength with each passing day. The movie has performed very well at multiplexes mainly. Collected approximately Rs 13.69 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup: Friday Rs 2.94 crore, Saturday Rs 4.75 crore, Sunday estimated Rs 6 crore.” Surprisingly, the Farhan Akhtar starrer Bhaag Milkha Bhaag raced past ahead of these two films in its second week and is doing exceptionally well at the ticket counters. “Collected approximately Rs 16.55 crore nett in its second weekend. Grand total: Rs 70.29 crore. Breakup: Friday Rs 4 crore, Saturday Rs 5.80 crore, Sunday estimated Rs 6.75 crore. Hit,” tweeted Taran.

Shedding light on the box office performance of D-Day and RV exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi said, “D-Day may not have got the numbers that it deserved courtesy the rains across India and the film’s lack of appeal in the small towns, but the good word of mouth should help it continue to collect well in major circuits like Mumbai, Delhi, etc. Measured against the fact that it features a debutant hero and a two-film-old heroine, Ramaiya Vastavaiya has taken a great start purely on the basis of sincerity in performance, great music and the Prabhu Deva magic! After a good weekend, the film is poised to stay steady at the BO, courtesy its wide appeal.”

Since neither D-Day or RV could bring in an attractive number of footfalls, it doesn’t seem likely that these films will show major growth in the days to come, especially considering there’s no stopping BMB in the box office race.