Begum Jaan starring Vidya Balan collected Rs 11.48 crore in three days. The film collected Rs 4.03 crore on Sunday, showing little growth on third day. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the figures, “#BegumJaan showed an upward trend on Sun… Fri 3.94 cr, Sat 3.51 cr, Sun 4.03 cr. Total: ₹ 11.48 cr. India biz.”
Vidya has not been able to give a hit during past few years. Her last few films Kahaani 2 and Hamari Adhuri Kahani failed to do well at box office. Director Srijit Mukherji, however, doesn’t seem to be bogged down by mixed reviews that film got from critics. In a recent post on Facebook, Srijit wrote, “For the statistically inclined, delighted to announce that despite mixed reviews, FF8, big regional new year releases and being an A rated film, #BegumJaan opened to 3.94 cr as opposed to the industry expectation of 3-3.25 cr and an ORMAX prediction of 3.4 cr. Thank you for all the bouquets and brickbats.”
#BegumJaan showed an upward trend on Sun… Fri 3.94 cr, Sat 3.51 cr, Sun 4.03 cr. Total: ₹ 11.48 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 17, 2017
The film is getting some tough competition from Hollywood action thriller Fast and Furious 8 starring Vin Diesel. There have also been some big regional releases that could be a reason behind Begum Jaan’s dismal show at the box office. Films like Pa Pandi (Tamil), Sakhavu (Malayalam) and Manje Bistre (Punjabi) have got positive reviews. Earlier Taran tweeted about the same, “#BegumJaan had a slow start… Evening shows better… #Furious8 wave + huge start of Punjabi film #ManjeBistre in North made a dent.”
Begum Jaan was made on a moderate budget of Rs 14-15 crore and has recovered half of the investment from satellite and digital sales. Makers also found a huge tax relief of Rs 2 crore after the film has been declared tax-free in Jharkhand. Srijit Mukherji wrote on Twitter, “Delighted to announce the Hon’ble CM @dasraghubar has declared #BegumJaan tax-free for Jharkhand & has also extended a subsidy of Rs. 2 crores!”