Good word of mouth seems to have helped Sanjay Leela Bhansali's latest film, "Ram-leela" as it continues to rake in decent revenue, both in domestic and overseas box office. Its worldwide collections from first week is about ₹114.5 crore.
Featuring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, "Ram-leela" was released in nearly 3,000 screens in India and 500 screens abroad on 15 November. It received favourable reviews from critics.
Trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted on Friday that "Ram-leela" collected $5.2 million (approximately ₹32.6 crore) from overseas box office in the first week. He said that the film collected ₹81.90 from domestic box office, taking its worldwide earnings to ₹114.5 crore approximately.
"#RamLeela Fri 16 cr, Sat 17.25 cr, Sun 19.50 cr, Mon 8.75 cr, Tue 7.70 cr, Wed 6.60 cr, Thu 6.10 cr. Total: ₹ 81.90 cr. Excellent at plexes!" Taran tweeted on Friday.
Made on an estimated budget of ₹35 crore, the makers of the film recovered the production cost in the first weekend itself. It earned ₹16 crore at the domestic box office on the opening day and did even better over the weekend.
The release of "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein", starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor, and "Singh Saab The Great" featuring Sunny Deol, Amrita Rao and Urvashi Rautela, might affect its revenue in the second week but it is expected to draw in the crowd to the theatres for a few more days. It won't be surprising if it joins ₹100-crore club in a few days' time.
"Ram-leela", which is a loose adaptation of William Shakespeare's epic love story "Romeo and Juliet", was dogged by controversies with protests over its content and title affecting its screening in a few threatres. The makers of the film changed the title to "Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-leela" and replaced a few controversial words in compliance with the demand of the protesters.