Box office report: ‘Shanghai’ declared a hit!

Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai had recovered its cost even before the theatrical release through the satellite and music rights. With a decent collection of Rs 13 crore in the first four days the Emraan Hashmi and Abhay Deol starrer can be called a hit now

Shanghai opened to critical acclaim and mixed response at the box office. Those with the taste for good cinema thronged the theatres to watch this realistic take on India’s state of affairs on the political and social front. Shanghai starring Abhay Deol, Emraan hasmi, Kalki Koechlin and Bengali superstar Prosenjit was made on a budget of Rs 19 crore. Director Dibakar Banerjee had said that he had to recover only Rs 4.75 crore from theatrical release to make Shanghai a profitable venture. The film had already bagged a whopping Rs 16 crore from the music and satellite right. And now after netting more than 13 crore at the box office Shanghai has become a success.

Distributed by PVR Pictures, Shanghai was released with 1,200 prints across India. After witnessing a slow start on the first day, it picked up on Saturday and Sunday. Trade analysts are expecting better response for the film in the week ahead. Trade pundits also maintain that due to the film’s serious nature Shanghai can get even better response from the multiplex audience in the days to come.

Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar’s masala entertainer Rowdy Rathore continues to rule the BO. The Prabhu Deva production has crossed the enviable Rs 100 crore mark. Akki’s rustic, rowdy and larger-than-life avatar has undoubtedly worked for the film. And going by the numbers it is clear that Akshay’s film has no threat from Banerjee’s Shanghai.