Shahrukh Khan’s Diwali release ‘Happy New Year’ has gone past Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’ and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Holiday – A Solider Is Never Off Duty’ in less than 4 days since its theatrical release on October 24. The film has also gone past Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ra.One and Don 2 to become SRK’s 2nd biggest grosser (behind Chennai Express – 227 cr)
Released on 5000 screens across the country, ‘Happy New Year’ took advantage of the big festive period and collected Rs 44.97 crore on its opening day – which is higher than the lifetime business of several medium budget films released this year – Finding Fanny, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Hasee Toh Phasee were swept away in under a day.
In two days, the film went past decent grossers like Haider, Main Tera Hero, Heropanti, Humshakals, Entertainment and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
In its first weekend (3 days), even bigger films like Gunday, 2 States and Ek Villain were surpassed. And now on the 4th day of its release, Salman Khan’s Jai Ho (113 crore) and Akshay Kumar’s Holiday (114 cr) have been beaten.
Talking about the 4th day business of the film, there has been a lot of negativity over the drop on Monday – both in the comments section of our website and on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook. While the trend isn’t great, the Monday collections of Happy New Year is better than Chennai Express (12.72 cr) and Kick (14.41 cr during pre-Eid period) and the second best Monday of 2014 – only behind Bang Bang which collected 15.36 crore on a holiday!
One more stat – the first Monday collections of Happy New Year is higher than the opening day business of Humshakals, 2 States, Holiday and Entertainment, and a little lower than huge openers like Gunday, Ek Villain and Jai Ho!
Clearly, the collections are still good and the film has every chance of crossing the 200 crore mark. A lot would depend on how well it holds in the next two days and what sort of growth it can show in the coming weekend.