Salman Khan's "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" (PRDP) is running successfully at the theatres, but it has failed to beat the second weekend Indian box office collection record of his previous release "Bajrangi Bhaijaan".
"Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" opened to earth-shattering response and became the biggest opener of 2015. The movie maintained rock-steady over the weekend, but it witnessed a steep decline on the weekdays. The Hindi version of the film collected Rs 172.82 crore at the Indian box office in the first week, while its Telugu and Tamil versions did average business.
Trade experts predicted that "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" would do well in the second week as well and will cross the mark of Rs 200 crore. But its collection was affected by the 24th James Bond movie "Spectre", which released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu in a large number of screens across the country. Southern releases "Kumari 21F" and "Cheekati Rajyam" partially took a toll on its business.
When compared with its opening day collection, the Sooraj Barjatya-directed family drama witnessed around 80% dip in its business on its second Friday. "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" had a good leap over the weekend. In its second weekend, "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" is estimated to have collected approximately Rs 19 crore nett at the Indian box office, taking its 11-day domestic total to Rs 191.82 crore nett.
But the movie has failed to surpass the mark of double century. It is likely to achieve it by the end of its second week. Taran Adarsh tweeted, "#PremRatanDhanPayo is nearing ₹ 200 cr [Week 2] Fri 5.50 cr, Sat 6.70 cr, Sun 8.20 cr. Total: ₹ 193.22 cr. Hindi version. India biz."
Salman Khan's previous outing "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" (BB) has beaten the record of "PK" and "Happy New Year" (HNY) and become the all time highest grosser in second weekend. His latest film "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" was expected to smash this record, but it has fallen back with a huge margin.
Here is a table detailing the day-wise collection of "Happy New Year", "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo", "PK" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan". The figures of "Happy New Year" and "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" do not include the collection of their Tamil and Telugu versions. "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" had eight-day extended first week. Hence, 11-day-collection is mentioned to compare the second weekend business of all these movies.