Darshan's 'Ambareesha' has stolen the limelight in its first weekend and outperformed Bollywood movie 'Happy Ending' at the box office in Bangalore.
The Kannada movie has made above ₹ 8 crores in its opening weekend in Bangalore. On the other end, 'Happy Ending', which was supposed to attract urban audience, performed below expectations in the Garden City. As per the trade reports, the Hindi movie has not even raked in half of what Darshan's film has earned in the opening weekend.
'Ambareesha', which features Priyamani and Rachita Ram in the female lead roles, had made above ₹ 3 crores on the release day. The Kannada film was released above 200 screens in Karnataka. The response remained almost same in the following days and helped the film collect ₹ 8 + crores in the first weekend.
Despite getting negative reviews, the Darshan's flick made good business. The success of the film in its first weekend undoubtedly goes to his huge fan following.
Whereas 'Happy Ending', which features Saif Ali Khan, Govinda and Ileana in the leads, could not get the start that it was expected to get. The Hindi film has reportedly made ₹ 14+ crores in the first weekend in India. The good promotions too seem to have failed to draw audience attention and this was reflected at collection centres in the first weekend.
But the good news for the makers is that the film has got a good word-of-mouth and this factor is expected to boost the collections of the film in the coming days. In case of 'Ambareesha', the Kannada film's collections are expected to come down due to the negative word-of-mouth.
As far as the occupancy is concerned, "Ambareesha" had above 80+ occupancy in major theatres in Bangalore in the first weekend. But for "Happy Ending", the Hindi movie opened to just 15 percent occupancy and managed to cross 20% in the next two days.