Bhoothnath Returns has shown fantastic growth in business over the weekend. Even though the film took a slow start on Friday, it has more than doubled its first day business on Sunday.
The hilarious first half, Amitabh Bachchan’s presence, brilliant performance by the child artist and Lok Sabha election centric second half, have all ensured that the family audience have come out in numbers – especially at multiplexes – to watch the Nitesh Tiwari film.
While business on Saturday was up by around 55%, a few centres on Sunday have managed to double the business. The story is not the same all over the country though, as a couple of cities in the Mysore circuit only picked up by around 10-15%. Evening and night shows in Mangalore had poor occupancy of around 30%.
A circuit like East Punjab opened poorly due to competition from a regional release, but has put up much better collections over the weekend. Other major circuits like Mumbai and Delhi/UP had significantly higher occupancy on Saturday and Sunday.
The first Bhoothnath film (2008) had collected Rs 14.1 crore in its first weekend and 24.68 crore in its entire run. The weekend figures have been bettered and the sequel is likely to collect much more than the first film.
Like always, the weekdays will decide the film’s fate at the box office and Monday will be extremely crucial. If Bhoothnath Returns holds well today, the industry could have its second successful franchise targeted at children after the ‘Krrish’ series.
Bhoothnath Returns First Weekend Box Office Collections
- Friday – 3.41 crore
- Saturday – 5.38 crore
- Sunday – 7.5 (estimates)
- Total collections – 16.29 crore (approx)