With half a dozen releases, the month of October proved to be quite profitable for Bollywood. Against the expectations of trade analysts, small budget and out of the league releases, Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho, both starring Ayushmann Khurrana, raked in moolah. Badhaai Ho, also starring Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao and Sanya Malhotra, is expected to enter the coveted Rs 100 crore club. But the rest of the releases of the month failed to leave an impact on the audience.
Sriram Raghavan’s thriller Andhadhun had a low first day collection with only Rs 2.70 crore in its kitty but the film picked up during the weekend. And from thereon it just grew stronger. By the end of its more than three weeks run at the theaters, the film managed to add Rs 64.55 crore to its account. Similarly, Amit Ravindernath Sharma directorial Badhaai Ho that has been winning hearts with its pitch-perfect performances is on its way to being another Rs 100 crore earner of the year.
The movie based on the story of a family dealing with an unexpected pregnancy of an elderly couple is currently leading the box office with a total collection of Rs 89.35 crore. The Ayushmann starrer is still running in theaters. Both Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho remained unaffected with releases like LoveYatri, Helicopter Eela, Namaste England and Tumbbad which failed to pick up momentum in the first week of their release.
A Salman Khan production LoveYatri earned Rs 11.22 crore and it was only the film’s dance and songs which were highlighted in the reviews. Kajol’s Helicopter Eela had to settle with as low as Rs 4.13 crore. Arjun Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer Namaste England tanked at the ticket counters and could manage a total collection of Rs 8 crore only. Fantasy thriller Tumbbad left the critics impressed and thus collected Rs 10.14 crore at the ticket counters.
Saif Ali Khan starrer crime drama Baazaar which released in the last week of the month has earned Rs 15.13 crore. Badhaai Ho and Baazaar which are still running in the theaters don’t have any competition this week, but the two movies might face the brunt of Thugs of Hindostan. The Aamir Khan-Amitabh Bachchan film is scheduled for a Diwali release and is expected to set the cash registers ringing.