All three ‘students’ of Karan Johar have gone on to establish themselves in the industry. Alia Bhatt is one of the most popular female stars in the country and has a critically acclaimed performance in ‘Highway’ to her credit. Varun Dhawan has a 100% success-ratio after 5 films – Student Of The Year (Hit), Main Tera Hero (Hit), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (Super Hit), Badlapur (Hit) and ABCD 2 (Hit / Super Hit). Sidharth Malhotra has appeared in three films, Student Of The Year (Hit), Hasee Toh Phasee (Average), Ek Villain (Super Hit) and has arguably the biggest non-festive film of 2015, Brothers, with a big star like Akshay Kumar, lined up for release later this year.
Ek Villain vs ABCD 2 makes for a good comparison, not only because the two films feature Sidharth and Varun (respectively) in the lead, but also because both films took a similar opening at the box office, featured Shraddha Kapoor in the lead and the collection trends during the weekdays are also very similar.
Ek Villain had chartbuster music, Mohit Suri as director after ‘Aashiqui 2’ and the fresh pairing of Sidharth and Shraddha, all of which combined well to ensure a bumper opening at the box office.
ABCD 2, on the other hand, was a sequel to a success film, was released in 3D and the lead pair of Varun and Shraddha enjoy a huge following amongst the youth. The way UTV promoted the film and the efforts that both Varun and Shraddha put into marketing it, was also one of the reasons why the film managed to create huge awareness and took an extraordinary opening at the box office.
At the end of Week 1, the collections of both films was at around the same level. While Ek Villain had to compete against Vidya Balan’s Bobby Jasoos and Lekar Hum Deewana Dil in Week 2 and Varun’s Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in Week 3, ABCD 2 three open weeks before the release of Salman’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan on 16th July.
Whether ABCD 2 will go on to cross the 100 crore mark, is something that remains to be seen, because the drop during the weekdays was on the higher side. For a young star like Varun Dhawan, a 100 crore grosser does make a huge difference. It’s a confidence booster, much like a Test century for a cricketer!
For that, the film has to pick up on Saturday and Sunday. The 2nd Friday collections of the film is Rs 3.7 crore (approx), which takes the 8-day total to Rs 75.74 crore.
|Day||Ek Villain||ABCD 2|
|Day 1 (Friday)||16.48 crore||14.30 crore|
|Day 2 (Saturday)||15.91 crore||14.54 crore|
|Day 3 (Sunday)||17.32 crore||17.51 crore|
|Day 4 (Monday)||7.9 crore||8.05 crore|
|Day 5 (Tuesday)||6.75 crore||6.77 crore|
|Day 6 (Wednesday)||6.1 crore||5.68 crore|
|Day 7 (Thursday)||5.5 crore||4.93 crore|
|1st week Total||75.96 crore||71.78 crore|
|2nd week Total||22.85 crore||25.01 crore|
|Total Collections||103.4 crore||105.1 crore|