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Box office: Sanju chokes Race 3, Salman Khan-starrer makes only Rs90 lakh so far in third week


The success of Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju and the negative word-of-mouth seem to have hit the Salman Khan driven film to wash out at the screens in its third week.

Shriram Iyengar

The massive weekend opening of Race 3, despite the negative reviews all over, was attributed to the magic and stardom of actor Salman Khan.

The actor's presence ensured that the Remo D'Souza film opened to a massive 139.97 crore in the first week. But the arrival of Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju on 29 June has seen the collections of Race 3 drop to new lows. Looks like the film will soon wash out. It earned a gross of Rs90 lakh in the first five days of the third week, according to Boxofficeindia.com.

The film's total now stands at Rs165.62 crore, approximately.

The opening Eid weekend, and the lack of any compeition in its second week were the key reasons for Race 3's continued performance at the box office. However, the film had seen consistent drop in collections through its second week, ending with Rs24.75 crore nett. By the second weekend, the film's collections had already spiraled down 84%.

While Race 3 opened at 4,300 screens across India, the film now has very few shows across multiplexes owing to Sanju's blockbuster run.

Rajkumar Hirani's biopic on Sanjay Dutt has proved a major success for Ranbir Kapoor, landing him a cool Rs166 crore in the first week.
The biopic has gone on to add Rs21.50 crore on Tuesday (3 July) according to Boxofficeindia.com. The film has already had a strong Monday (2 July), earning Rs25.25 crore nett. Sanju is well on course to reach the Rs200 crore mark in its first week itself.

This means that the lifetime business of Khan's Race 3 would equal the first week business of Kapoor's Sanju. The last time a Salman Khan film petered out in its third week was Tubelight (2017). The actor had to repay his distributors for the losses they incurred.

While Race 3 does boast of a better collection than Tubelight, it is the initial weekend collection that seems to have pushed the film from being a loss into an average grosser at the box office.