"Ram-leela", featuring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, is ruling the overseas box office, beating Hrithik Roshan starrere "Krrish 3" and Salman Khan's "Dabangg 2" in US-Canada on the opening day.
Made on an estimate budget of ₹35 crore, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial was released in nearly 3,000 screens in India and 500 screens abroad on Friday.
According to trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh, "Ram-leela" did better than "Krrish 3" in US-Canada on the opening day. The epic love story collected $450,000 (approximately ₹2.83) in the region on Friday, as against $311,000 (approximately ₹1.95 crore) earned by "Krrish 3" and $320,000 (approximately 2.01 crore) by "Dabangg 2". It also earned A$ 66,365 (approximately ₹39.11 lakh) in Australia in two days, beating A$ 58,283 (approximately ₹34.35 lakh) collected by "Krrish 3".
"#RamLeela USA-Canada Fri $450,000. Excellent!" tweeted Taran Adarsh. "#RamLeela Fri numbers in USA-Canada are bigger than #YJHD [$ 430,000], #Krrish3 [$ 311,000], #ZNMD [$ 240,000] and #Dabangg2 [$ 320,000]."
He went on to say that its UAE-GCC earning on Friday, which stands at AED 1.3 million (approximately ₹2.22 crore), is higher than "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" (AED 925,000), "Agneepath" (AED 1.12 million) and "Housefull 2" (AED 1.2 million). It also collected £87,000 (approximately ₹88.26 lakh) in UK on Friday, debuting at No. 9 in the chart and two days collection in New Zealand stands at NZ$ 12,869 (₹ 6.73 lakh).
"Ram-leela" earned ₹16 crore at the domestic box office on the opening day, despite several shows being cancelled due to protests over its title and content.
The makers of the film changed the title to "Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-leela" following an order by the Delhi High Court and a few controversial words were changed. But the protests ensued in some places on Friday and affected the opening collections.
In spite of its screening being disturbed at several theatres, "Ram-leela" found a place in the top 20 openers, standing at No.10 position. It is the fifth biggest opener this year and the weekend collection is expected to shoot up on good word of mouth.
"Ram-Leela" is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's epic love story "Romeo and Juliet".
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