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Box office: Article 15 opens slowly with Rs4.75 crore, Kabir Singh stays high

The Anubhav Sinha thriller managed a fair opening of Rs4.75 crore, but it was Kabir Singh that had a better collection on its second Friday.

Our Correspondent

Despite the critical appreciation, Anubhav Sinha's Article 15 opened to a low Rs4.75 crore nett on Friday. According to BoxOfficeIndia.com, the film's collections improved towards evening, giving it a better opening than leading man Ayushmann Khurrana's last thriller, Andhadhun (2018), which went on to become a hit.

Considering its dark content and the lack of starry appeal, Article 15 can be said to have done decently enough, despite reports of vandalism at several theatres in Uttar Pradesh, which may have affected collections.

The film has got very good reviews and it also seems to be getting a good word-of-mouth going. It remains to be seen if this works in its favour over the weekend with the urban, multiplex audience. Despite the film's rural setting, it might not hold much appeal for a rural audience.

Speaking of word-of-mouth, Shahid Kapoor's Kabir Singh enjoyed a phenomenal second Friday at the theatres. Despite the criticism of the film, Sandeep Reddy Vanga's Hindi remake of the Telugu cult film Arjun Reddy (2017) managed to collect Rs11.50 crore nett on its second Friday, according to BoxOfficeIndia.com. The film's collection is now at Rs145.25 crore nett.

This, incidentally, is the best second Friday for a Hindi film this year, beating the number of the Vicky Kaushal blockbuster Uri:The Surgical Strike, which had managed Rs8 crore. It ensures that Kabir Singh is set to become a blockbuster as well. The film has been made on a budget of about Rs60 crore, according to trade sources.