Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan starrer "Wazir" showed major growth in its collection at the domestic box office. The action thriller, which had an average start, minted Rs 21.01 crore in its opening weekend from India and after adding the overseas income, the worldwide earnings stood at Rs 31.49 crore.
After witnessing a slow start at the box office, "Wazir" business went up on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, "Wazir" business went up by 27%, while on Sunday the film witnessed a growth of 15%. The growth in the box office collection of "Wazir" was mainly due to rave reviews that built a strong buzz over the weekend.
"#Wazir fares well at premium plexes of metros. Sustaining on weekdays is crucial. Fri 5.61 cr, Sat 7.16 cr, Sun 8.24 cr. Total: â‚¹ 21.01 cr," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
"Wazir", which mostly targeted niche audience, performed well at multiplexes across India, especially in the Mumbai circuit. Collections from Mumbai circuit are at par compared to other circuits, Box Office India reported.
The film is following the trend of Farhan's last film "Shaadi Ke Side Effects" as the opening weekend numbers of both the films are similar. "Shaadi Ke Side Effects" also minted Rs 21 crore in its opening weekend, but due to poor reviews, the film crashed and it collected only Rs 30 crore in the first week. But since "Wazir" is backed by positive reviews, the film will have a better first week compared to "Shaadi Ke Side Effects".
Overseas and Worldwide
Decent overseas opening weekend helped the film to put up a good worldwide total. "Wazir" minted Rs 10.48 crore in its opening weekend at the overseas box office, which is good as the film was released in limited screens.
"#Wazir Overseas opening weekend total: â‚¹ 10.48 cr," Adarsh tweeted.
The opening weekend box office collection of "Wazir" now stands at Rs 31.49 crore and if the film manages to hold well then it might cross the Rs 50 crore mark at the worldwide box office by the end of its first week.
Directed by Bejoy Nambiar, the film features Farhan, Amitabh, John Abraham, Aditi Rao and Neil Nitin Mukesh in pivotal roles.