Box office report: Kai Po Che! beats Zila Ghaziabad by a huge margin in the opening weekend

The Sushant Singh Rajput starrer has earned approximately Rs 18.1 crores, while Sanjay Dutt’s action flick has collected only Rs 10 crores

Abhishek Kapoor’s low budget inspirational flick Kai Po Che! gave Anand Kumar’s multi-starrer gangster drama Zila Ghaziabad a tough fight at the ticket counters in the opening weekend. After witnessing a huge opening on Friday, the Sanjay Dutt-Arshad Warsi-Vivek Oberoi starrer hasn’t been able to overtake the earnings of Sushant Singh Rajput-Rajkumar Yadav-Amit Sadh’s real-life tale. As per the box office reports, Kai Po Che! had a flying start at the multiplexes. The opening shows in Mumbai and other metropolitan cities ranged from good to better what with the youth thronging the multiplexes from the morning shows itself.

“The fantastic pre-release promotion by UTV, coupled with the tremendous following of writer Chetan Bhagat amongst youth, ensured impressive footfalls for Kai Po Che! at major centres. But the response in Punjab and UP was not up to the mark. Released in 1,000 screens in India, the business is expected to grow manifold towards the evening-night shows,” pointed out trade expert Taran Adarsh and added, “On the other hand, Zila Ghaziabad opened quite well across single screens of mass belt. Expectedly, the opening was weak at multiplexes, but the single screen audiences, especially in UP, gave the film a head start due to the action genre.”

As far as the box office collections of Kai Po Che! are concerned, “The movie witnessed remarkable growth over the weekend. Fared exceptionally well across all urban centres, especially on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, several cinemas increased shows to accommodate the massive demand. In short, the weekend business was terrific. Breakup: Friday Rs 4.50 crores, Saturday Rs 6.25 crores, Sunday Rs 7.35 crores. Collected approximately Rs 18.10 crores nett in its opening weekend,” tweeted Taran. Zila Ghaziabad, on the other hand, performed better at single screens of mass circuits but got eclipsed by the Kai Po Che! wave across major circuits. Reportedly, it has managed to earn only Rs 10 crores at the box office.

The collections of Kai Po Che! are expected to be better in the days to come and the bad reviews of Zila Ghaziabad offer no hope and it’s quite unlikely that the film will pick up pace. Watch this space for more updates.