Ranveer Singh's "Bajirao Mastani" is scaling new heights at the domestic box office with its income. The historical drama recorded a strong business on its second Friday, minting Rs 98.40 crore, which is the sixth highest box office income of 2015.
"Bajirao Mastani" second Friday box office collection is higher than its opening day income, thanks to Christmas holiday. The film minted Rs 12.25 crore on its second Friday, i.e. on its eighth day. With its eight-day box office income, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film has shattered the lifetime box office collection records of Akshay Kumar's "Baby", "Gabbar Is Back" and "Singh Is Bling" and John Abraham's "Welcome Back".
Here is a look at the top 10 grossers of 2015: "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" earned Rs 320.34 crore, "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" Rs 208.88 crore, "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" Rs 150.77 crore, "Dilwale" Rs 110.76 crore, "ABCD 2" Rs 105.74 crore, "Bajirao Mastani" Rs 98.40 crore, "Welcome Back" Rs 96.69 crore, "Baby" Rs 95.56 crore, "Singh Is Bling" Rs 89.95 crore and "Gabbar Is Back" Rs 87.55 crore.
"Bajirao Mastani", which also features Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, fetched more than Shah Rukh Khan's "Dilwale" on the second Friday. Backed with positive reviews, the film is now leading the box office with good margin. "Dilwale" dominated the box office in the opening weekend, but now "Bajirao Mastani" has taken over the market in India.
"#BajiraoMastani records STRONG biz on Christmas holiday. [Week 2] Fri 12.25 cr. Total: ₹ 98.40 cr. India biz," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, adding, "The tables have turned. #BajiraoMastani leads, #Dilwale slows. Gap between the total narrows. #BajiraoMastani to overtake soon. India biz."
Meanwhile, "Bajirao Mastani" remained unaffected with the release of much-awaited Hollywood film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in India. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which took global worldwide box office by storm, minted Rs 4.58 crore in India. The box office collection includes the English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu version of the film.
"#StarWarsTheForceAwakens Thu previews 1 cr, Fri 3.58 cr. Total: ₹ 4.58 cr [English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu]. India biz. GGOD!" box office analyst Adarsh added.