Prakash Jha’s last successful film Raajneeti and his latest release Satyagraha make for an interesting comparison. The 2010 film featured top stars like Ajay Devgn, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. For Satyagraha, Jha retained his favourite actor Ajay Devgn and roped in other popular stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor.
Box Office Comparison table below.
As you can clearly see from the table above, the weekend belonged to Satyagraha, but Raajneeti was rock-steady during the weekdays.
The weekend collections of Satyagraha is about 15% higher than Raajneeti, but Satyagraha released on significantly higher number of screens (2800 vs 1900) and the average ticket prices was also a little higher. Back then, a 3 day opening weekend business of around 35 crore was considered excellent. In todays times, anything less than 40 crore is average for a big budget film with a wide release.
However, the big difference is in the Monday business of the two films. While Raajneeti passed the ‘Monday test’ with flying colours with a drop of less than 40% from Friday, Satyagraha dropped by around 55%. With significant drops in the range of 10-20%, Satyagraha has collected just 0.35 more than Raajneeti even though it had a much wider release.
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