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R Balki’s PadMan has witnessed a slow but steady growth at the box office in its first week. The film starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte has collected a total of Rs 62.87 crore, till Thursday. But with the release of Aiyaary and Black Panther, it will surely face a tough competition in its second week. PadMan is inspired by the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who started a revolution by creating a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh wteeted the latest figures. He revealed that PadMan raked in Rs 3.78 crore on Thursday. “#PadMan fared well in Week 1… Got the advantage of partial holidays on weekdays… Will be interesting to see how it sustains in Week 2… Fri 10.26 cr, Sat 13.68 cr, Sun 16.11 cr, Mon 5.87 cr, Tue 6.12 cr, Wed 7.05 cr, Thu 3.78 cr. Total: ₹ 62.87 cr. India biz,” he wrote.
#PadMan fared well in Week 1… Got the advantage of partial holidays on weekdays… Will be interesting to see how it sustains in Week 2… Fri 10.26 cr, Sat 13.68 cr, Sun 16.11 cr, Mon 5.87 cr, Tue 6.12 cr, Wed 7.05 cr, Thu 3.78 cr. Total: ₹ 62.87 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 16, 2018
With Marvel’s Black Panther releasing on Friday, PadMan’s collections are bound to take a slight hit. Marvel’s last film Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth, managed to earn Rs 58.73 crore at the Indian box office and if that is any point of reference, chances are this one will surely draw in big crowds during the opening weekend.
Not just Black Panther, PadMan will also see some competition from Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary that finally hits the screens tomorrow. PadMan and Aiyaary were earlier scheduled to release on Republic Day but Padmaavat’s release created a slight change in their release dates.
Indianexpress.com’s Shubhra Gupta gave PadMan 2 out of 5 stars and said, “PadMan is as worthy, but it isn’t a particularly good film. It has tonal problems, swinging between commonplace-ness and flat-out filmi-ness, because it is trying to appeal to many constituencies at the same time: a song to celebrate the onset of menstruation of a little girl uses the problematic word ‘nakel’, which means ‘to be led by the nose’.”