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Box office: Kesari makes Rs78.25 crore nett in extended weekend, Total Dhamaal inches closer to Rs150 crore nett


After opening at Rs21 crore, the Dharma Productions' film made an impressive Rs17 crore nett on a working day (Friday), and added Rs18.75 crore nett on Saturday. The Sunday collection shot up to Rs21.50 crore nett.

Mayur Lookhar

Kesari, the big Holi release starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra, picked up Rs78.25 crore nett in its extended weekend business.

After opening at Rs21 crore, the Dharma Productions' film made an impressive Rs17 crore nett on a working day (Friday), and added Rs18.75 crore nett on Saturday. The Sunday collection shot up to Rs21.50 crore nett.

Requesting anonymity, a trade source said, “After the very good opening, one perhaps expected Kesari to hit Rs25 crore nett on Saturday or Sunday, but it didn’t. By that count, the extended weekend figure is a tad below expectation. I think the film is also a little slow. Perhaps that could be the reason why it didn’t sore big over the weekend.”

Made at an estimated budget of Rs100 crore, Kesari was released on 3,600 screens in India and 600 overseas.

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Kesari is based on the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi that was fought between 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army and over 10,000 tribal Afghans.

Meanwhile, holdover release Total Dhamaal is closing in on Rs150 crore nett at the domestic box office. Total Dhamaal collected Rs1.20 crore nett in its fourth weekend, taking its India business to Rs148.52 crore nett.

Directed by Indra Kumar, Total Dhamaal was made at an estimated budget of Rs105 crore, and was released on 3,700 screens in India.  

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According to sources, the satellite and digital rights have been sold for Rs52 crore to Star, while the music rights, sold to T-Series, have fetched Rs7 crore.

Maddock Films’ Luka Chuppi made Rs1.80 crore nett in its fourth weekend, taking its India business to Rs83.91 crore nett. Produced by Maddock Films, the film starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, was released on 2,100 screens in India and 400 screens overseas. The film is made at an estimated budget of Rs25 crore.

Maddock Films has sold the satellite and digital rights to Jio Cinema for Rs15 crore. The music rights have fetched Rs2 crore [sold to T-Series].

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