If not for the protests and vandalism by fringe groups in some states, the film would have fared even better.
Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ garnered brilliant footfalls over the weekend in the country, entering the coveted Rs 100-crore club in the extended weekend.
According to Box Office India, the film earned around Rs 30 crores again on Sunday after collecting Rs 5 crores (paid previews) on Wednesday, Rs 19 crores on Thursday, Rs 32 on Friday and Rs 27 crores on Saturday.
The film’s total collections now stand at more than Rs 110 crores.
The period drama would have easily touched Rs 145 crores if not for protests and vandalism from fringe groups forcing theatre owners in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to give it a no-show, the website claimed.
The film has also received a thunderous response in international markets especially in USA and Canada, taking the highest collections for a Bollywood film in a single day in North America, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
Though it garnered mixed reviews, the film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, is still going great guns at the box office.
However, the true test of the film’s performance at the box office will begin from the non-holiday phase, starting from Monday, to see if it breaks records by the three Khans- Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, at the box office.
‘Padmaavat’, produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, faced several protests from Rajput fringe groups, mainly Rajput Karni Sena, for 'distorting history' surrounding the Rajput Queen Padmavati.