Sonam Kapoor's "Neerja" has surpassed the Rs 100 crore mark at the worldwide box office with its gross collection. Ram Madhvani's directorial film "Neerja" is also the second most commercially successful film of 2016, after Akshay Kumar's "Airlift."
The Sonam-starrer entered the Rs 100 crore club at the worldwide box office after 13 days of theatrical run. "Neerja" has earned Rs 79.99 crore gross income (Rs 55.99 crore net) from the domestic box office and Rs 20.6 crore from the overseas box office. With this, the 13-day worldwide box office collection of the film comes to Rs 100.59 crore, according to Bollywood Hungama.
"#Neerja is ROCK-STEADY! Fri 3.15 cr, Sat 5 cr, Sun 6.65 cr, Mon 2.12 cr, Tue 1.90 cr, Wed 1.85 cr. Total: ₹ 55.99 cr. India biz. SMASH HIT!" trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
The film, based on the real-life story of flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, has been running in its second week worldwide and it is still holding well at collection centres. This year, approximately 29 films have released in India, including small budget films, and out of them only "Airlift" and "Neerja" have managed to get the superhit status at the box office.
"Airlift," starring Akshay and Nimrat Kaur, has earned over Rs 230 crore from the worldwide box office and is now the highest grosser of 2016. "Neerja" has taken the second spot with over Rs 100 crore box office income.
The Sonam-starrer had a two-week non-stop run at the box offices in India, but the collection is set to get affected after the release of Priyanka Chopra's "Jai Gangaajal." Priyanka's film is carrying a positive buzz, but it remains to be seen if it will put a stop to the box office run of "Neerja" in India.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]