Ek Villain
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"Ek Villain" is doing solid business in India as well as in overseas markets. The film, starring Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh earned ₹16.72 cr nett on the first day of its release, thus becoming the second highest opening day grosser of 2014 next to "Jai Ho."

The romantic thriller continued to do good business on Saturday (28 June). According to film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh, "Ek Villain" would have earned ₹15 crore [+/-] on the second day. The film is expected to complete the opening weekend by crossing the ₹50 crore mark.

If the film surpasses the ₹50 crore mark, it will be beating the opening weekend collections of other biggies like "Gunday", "2 States", "Holiday" and "Humshakals." To get the details about these film's first weekend collections, check HERE.

Directed by Mohit Suri, "Ek Villain" hit the screens on 27 June. The film opened to positive response from the critics as well as from the audience. It took on a thunderous opening not just in India but also in key overseas markets like the United States and the United Kingdom.

The film earned approximately $1 million in just two days (Thursday and Friday) at the overseas box office.

In the U.K., "Ek Villain has minted the opening weekend collections of "Holiday- A Soldier is Never Off Duty" and "Humshakals" in two days. "This is SHOCKING! #EkVillain crosses *weekend biz* of #Holiday and #Humshakals in UK in 2 days [Fri+Sat]. Despite half screen count," Adarsh tweeted.

While the action thriller will end the first weekend on a fantastic note, it remains to be seen as to how the film fares in the week days.

"Ek Villain" has just few days to rake in good collections as there are two releases gearing up for release on Friday. Vidya Balan's much-awaited "Bobby Jasoos" and "Lekar Hum Deewana Dil", starring Raj Kapoor's grandson Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth, are slated to hit the screens on 4th July. Both the films are carrying positive pre-release buzz and they are expected to give good competition to "Ek Villain." The release of these two films might reduce the screen count for "Ek Villain" and it might affect the film's business prospects.