Udta Punjab after facing so much resistance from political parties and censor has released this Friday and worked wonder on box office.This clearly reflects in the 1st-day box office collection of the movie across the nation. Prior to its release, it had caught the attention of the entire country due to a long-drawn tussle with the censor board. The movie is based on the drug menace that has taken unmanageable proportions and the youth of Punjab is in the clutches of a hazard which is threatening to uproot an entire generation.
This controversial movie was finally released with a single cut as against the 89 cuts that were demanded and has managed to hold itself quite admirably after it was released on Friday. It was released nationwide on 2000 screens including multiplexes and single screens, which is a modest number. The movie has caught the imagination of the youth due to the controversial topic it dwells upon and is expected to do well in youth-centric places.
The 100 Crore Question: Will Udta Punjab Join 100 Crore Club?
The movie stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh and has all the ingredients of a blockbuster in it. You can read Udta Punjab Box Office Collections – Latest Box Office Updates. It is directed by Abhishek Chaubey and is produced by Balaji Motion Pictures in association with Phantom Films. Although the movie was leaked online, the curiosity level for the movie is pretty high and large crowds are expected to throng the theaters despite the leak.
Box office collection of Udta Punjab:
Friday collection was 10.05 cr.
Thereafter Saturday collection was 11.25 cr, and Sunday collection was 12.50 cr.
Total for Weekend was 33.80 cr India business.
The movie is among top 5 best weekend box office opener with ~ 34 cr opening weekend. Whether Udta Punjab will join the 100 crore club will depend upon rise or fall of business on weekdays.
The North of India has shown tremendous interest in the movie, considering it is based on Punjab and has grossed approximately 4 crores of the total collection. The movie occupancy rates for the morning shows has been encouraging and indicates the collections will move upwards as the day progress.
Prediction for the weekend: The advance booking for the weekend is pretty encouraging with a 50% occupancy seen at ticket counters and online booking. The collections are bound to soar on the weekends when families and friends are expected to throng the theaters to catch the movie. The censor controversy surely seems to be helping the movie’s collections and if the 1st collections are any indication, then the producers and distributors seem to have a winner on hand.
X-factor of the movie: Bold language and powerhouse performances are helped ‘Udta Punjab” fly higher and the presence of Diljit Dosanjh is a double treat for viewers from North.
Conclusion: The credibility of a strong lead cast with Kareena, Shahid and Alia and Diljit Dosanjh in his 1st Bollywood movie, is expected to give this movie an extended run at the box office. With some chart-busting music for company, Udta Punjab is on its way to rake in some serious Moolah.