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Box office: Jawaani Jaaneman improves over the weekend, collects Rs12.25 crore


The drama directed by Nitin Kakkar would, however, need a strong showing on Monday to keep its hopes of breakeven alive.

Our Correspondent

Saif Ali Khan's turn as a middle-aged bachelor learning his lesson in Jawaani Jaaneman might not have opened to great numbers, but the film did manage to stage a recovery of sorts over the weekend.

According to BoxOfficeIndia.com, the film managed a total collection of Rs12.25 crore nett over its first three days at the theatres, earning Rs10 crore over Saturday and Sunday to make up somewhat for its low opening of Rs2.25 crore on Friday. This number is a bit better than the Kangana Ranaut-led Panga's opening run on the Republic Day weekend at Rs11.25 crore.

Considering that Kakkar's film is targeted at a niche urban audience, it will need a strong showing on Monday and through the week to keep alive its hope of breaking even.

Meanwhile, the other Republic Day weekend release, Street Dancer 3, earned Rs7.25 crore nett on its second weekend, taking its total at the domestic box office to Rs61 crore nett. According to BoxOfficeIndia.com, the second-weekend collection is an 80% drop from the first weekend, a clear sign of waning interest in the dance film starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor.

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's Panga has earned critical acclaim but has so far failed to translate it into a strong showing at the box office. Panga added another Rs4 crore to its first week total of Rs20 crore nett. With the film already 10 days old, it is clearly struggling to even recover its estimated budget of Rs30 crore.

Meanwhile, Om Raut's Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior continued its good run in its fourth weekend, with a collection of Rs13 crore nett, better than that of any of the newer releases. If this purple patch continues, the Ajay Devgn vehicle might even overtake Aditya Dhar's blockbuster Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019), which had seen a phenomenal collection of Rs20 crore in its fourth week.