Despite a plethora of new releases, Sonam Kapoor's "Neerja" has been going strong at the domestic box office. After having a good first week, "Neerja" started its second-week box office run on a strong note.
The film, which is based on the real-life story of flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, is inching towards Rs 50 crore mark at the domestic box office. "Neerja," starring Sonam as Neerja Bhanot, earned Rs 3.15 crore on the second Friday and Rs 5 crore on the second Saturday. The nine-day box office collection of "Neerja" stands at Rs 43.47 crore.
"#Neerja has MASSIVE jump on Sat, despite crucial cricket match [Week 2] Fri 3.15 cr, Sat 5 cr. Total: â‚¹ 43.47 cr. India biz. OUTSTANDING!" trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, adding: " Looking at the current trending, #Neerja is expected to cross â‚¹ 50 cr mark today [Sunday]. FANTASTIC!"
The Ram Madhvani's directorial film continues to dominate the screens in India despite more than five releases this week. Manish Paul's "Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive" and Manoj Bajpayee's "Aligarh" were released this week, but both the films failed to attract moviegoers at the ticket window.
"Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive," which is a sequel to "Tere Bin Laden," has opened to poor response at the box office. The film had an opening of approximately Rs 50 lakh and didn't witness jump on its second day.
The Manoj-starrer "Aligarh" also had a poor start at the domestic box office. The film opened to rave reviews, but it failed to translate it into good business at the box office.
The two big releases of this week -- Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive and Aligarh -- is not expected to show any growth, while "Neerja" will continue to dominate the box office.