Box office: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor's 'Befikre' collects Rs 34 crore in opening weekend

Updated: Dec 14, 2016, 10:30 IST | Sonil Dedhia

Aditya Chopra's Ranveer-starrer rakes in Rs 34 crore in opening weekend

Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor in 'Befikre'
Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor in 'Befikre'

The film industry seems to be recovering from the demonetisation blow — slowly but surely. Last Friday's release, Befikre starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, managed to collect Rs 34.36 crore in its first weekend.

Directed by Aditya Chopra, the rom-com has mostly done well in urban centres. Trade expert Amod Mehra said the film was expected to perform way better: "Unlike the filmmaker's previous films which had an universal appeal, Befikre caters only to the youth. The collections aren't up to the mark as you don't expect such an ordinary opening from a director of his calibre. The weekdays will be the real test for the film."

Trade pundit Komal Nahta agrees that Befikre has underperformed considering Chopra's past record although the collections remained consistent over the first three days. "Only the youth and the multiplex audience have given a thumbs-up to the film. It is likely to recover production costs, but only if it holds its own during week days," he pointed out.

Box office analyst Amul Mohan echoes his colleagues. "You normally associate these numbers with young directors and not a seasoned filmmaker."

Rom-Coms this year
Dear Zindagi Rs 32 crore
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Rs 35.60 crore
Baar Baar Dekho Rs 21 crore
Happy Bhag Jayegi Rs 10 crore

Ranveer's last five
Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Rs 46.77 crore

Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
Rs 37 crore

Kill Dil (2014)
Rs 20 crore

Gunday (2014)
Rs 43.41 crore

Goliyon Ki Raaasleela Ram Leela (2013)
Rs 51.49 crore

(Opening weekend collections; approximate figures collected from trade sources)

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