Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey's "Baby" has done decent business at the Indian box office on Monday and Tuesday, and is now heading towards the ₹100 crore mark in the domestic market.
Despite clashing with "Dolly Ki Doli", "Baby" collected ₹36.07 crore in the Indian box office in the first weekend. Since Monday was a national holiday, for Republic Day, trade experts predicted that its business would be at par with that of Sunday. Some even predicted that it would be way better than its business on the third day.
But, "Baby" witnessed a slight drop in its numbers on Monday as compared to its business on Sunday. However, its collection was decent and the film successfully crossed the ₹50 crore mark. The Akshay Kumar-starrer raked in ₹14.90 crore nett at the Indian box office, taking its four-day domestic collection to ₹50.97 crore nett.
Since Tuesday was a working day, "Baby" witnessed a massive drop in its collection. As per early trends, the Neeraj Pandey-directed espionage thriller has shown 50 per cent fall in its business and collected approximately ₹5.10 crore nett at the domestic box office on its fifth day.
"Baby" has collected approximately ₹56.07 crore nett at the Indian box office in five days. The movie, which has been made with a whopping budget of ₹58.97 crore, has almost recovered its production cost. With two days remaining for the first week to end, the movie is expected to cross the ₹65 crore mark at the domestic box office in seven days.
In its second week, "Baby" will face a great challenge at the box office as it clashes with much-hyped movies like "Hawaizaada", "Khamoshiyan" and "Rahasya", which will release in theatres on 30 January. Even if it witnesses a 50 per cent drop, the movie is likely to cross ₹100 crore in the second week and become the first film of the year to achieve this magical figure.