Irrfan Khan starrer "The Lunchbox" has overshadowed Shahid Kapoor's "Phata Poster Nikla Hero" at the domestic box offices.
"The Lunchbox", which garnered good appreciation from viewers, has maintained a strong spot at box office giving a tough competition to "Phata Poster Nikla Hero".
Released in just 400 screens, the romantic film directed by Ritesh Batra has scored in ₹ 9.40 crore from five days run at box office. Tuesday's collection were same as Monday's earnings -₹ 1.15 crore.
"#TheLunchbox Fri ₹ 1.25 cr, Sat ₹ 2.60 cr, Sun ₹ 3.25 cr, Mon ₹ 1.15 cr, Tue ₹ 1.15 cr [same as Mon]. Total: ₹ 9.40 cr," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
Made on a budget of just ₹ 5 crore, the love story has managed to earn almost double its production cost before finishing its first week.
On the other hand, "Phata Poster Nikla Hero" has failed to grow its business at box offices. The action comedy film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi has been performing consistently on the lower side.
Till Tuesday, the film managed to rake in only ₹ 27.15 crore, which is too low for a big budget film. The five day breakup of the film is: Friday ₹ 6 crore, Saturday ₹7 crore, Sunday ₹ 8.25 crore, Monday ₹ 3.15 crore and Tuesday ₹ 2.75 crore.
"Phata Poster had stars missing who could draw a big opening on their own strength. While the film has stayed steady and sustained without a crash on Monday, its satellite rights will help the film tide over difficult conditions. The Lunchbox has a niche appeal and has been released across centres that are expected to fetch good returns. The extremely low cost of making and solid backing by UTV and Karan Johar make this a winner of hearts and box office returns. The kind of numbers Grand Masti has delivered has spun a surprise," Exhibitor Akshaye Rathi told Mid-Day.