Bollywood action thriller "Shootout at Wadala", which stars John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut and Anil Kapoor, has collected ₹30.7 crore in the opening weekend.
With a whopping ₹10.1 crore in collections on its opening day, "Shootout At Wadala" is the fourth highest grosser of 2013 in terms of the opening weekend collections, following "Race 2" which minted ₹50 crore. "Himmatwala " and "Special 26" took the next two spots with ₹44 crore each.
Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh on Monday tweeted, "#ShootoutAtWadala had an excellent Sunday. Numbers being compiled... An impressive [weekend] total on the cards... "
"#ShootoutAtWadala collected approx. ₹30.7 cr nett in its opening weekend. Fri 10.10 cr, Sat 9.75 cr, Sun 10.85 cr."
"#ShootoutAtWadala is the highest non-holiday weekend of 2013. Despite Adults tag. Despite IPL. The biz is simply super!" he added.
"Shootout At Wadala" is probably the first A-certified film to rake in such high collections in the first week.
The Sanjay Gupta-directed film is inspired by the book "Dongri to Dubai" written by journalist Hussain Zaidi. The film, a sequel to "Shootout At Lokhandwala", is based on Mumbai police's first registered encounter killing of gangster Manya Surve.
Apart from John, Kangna and Anil Kapoor, the film also has Tusshar Kapoor, and Sonu Sood in the lead roles. Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpai, Ronit Roy and Mahesh Manjrekar appear in supporting roles.
The film hit the screens on 3 May and received good response from critics. But its collections took a hit after the screening was cancelled in many north Indian cities after the Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam party filed a complaint alleging the dialogues to be offensive.
The reports of the film's screening coming to a halt comes a day after it was reported that the Pakistan Censor Board has delayed the release of "Shootout at Wadala" over certain scenes that were considered too bold and provocative.