Bollywood drama comedy "Ferrari Ki Sawari" drew in INR 13 crore on its first weekend, an outstanding collection despite mixed reviews that led to a slow start at the box office.
Released on June 15, the Vidhu Vinod Chopra production raked in a weak 30 to 40 percent collections, but slowly gained momentum and touched 130 million mark, reported the Times of India. Directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, the Sharman Joshi starrer flick is a story of a young boy who lives for cricket and his father's unconditional love for him.
For Joshi, "Ferrari Ki Sawari" marks his first role as a leading actor. The actor has so far acted in just 15 movies, since his 1999 debut with "Godmother".
"Quality films and great cinema is what I believe in. Numbers will then reflect. I don't want to be part of films which are designed to appeal at the box office first... It should be like they are designed to be great films and they happen to work at box office," Indian Express quoted Joshi as saying.
The Rs.20 crore budget flick is producer Chopra's second release since "3 Idiots".
Meanwhile, blockbuster "Rowdy Rathore" continues to maintain a strong foothold at the box-office, earning an additional INR 9.5 cores in its third week. The Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi starrer grossed a record INR 100 crore with collections drawing to about INR 101 crores alone for the second weekend.
Other releases including action flick Chakradhaar, starring debutant Abhishek Anandand Azim Rizvi's production 'Qasam Se Qasam Se' made for a disappointing debut. Meanwhile, Shanghai, which starred Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin collected around 12 crores over the previous weekend but apparently failed to find in any takers after that.