Ever since it was announced that Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton will go to 2018 Oscars as India’s official entry to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category, the numbers of the film have been climbing steadily. This Amit Masurkar directorial has accumulated Rs 9.55 crore so far. This is remarkable as it was released on only 430 screens and had started with only Rs 96 lakh on the first day.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the figures. “#Newton jumps again… Tue bigger than Mon… Fri 96 lakhs, Sat 2.52 cr, Sun 3.42 cr, Mon 1.31 cr, Tue 1.34 cr. Total: ₹ 9.55 cr. India biz.” he said.
In another tweet yesterday, he also gave the credit to Newton’s strong showing to its word of mouth promotion. “#Newton super-strong word of mouth has translated into TERRIFIC biz… Over 450 shows increased across multiplexes over weekend + Mo,” the tweet said.
#Newton jumps again… Tue bigger than Mon… Fri 96 lakhs, Sat 2.52 cr, Sun 3.42 cr, Mon 1.31 cr, Tue 1.34 cr. Total: ₹ 9.55 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 27, 2017
In her review of the film, Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta praised the film. She had said, “Rajkummar Rao is enjoying a purple patch. After Bareilly Ki Barfi, here he is again stitching up a big performance full of small things: blinking, thinking, doing. He is at his most interesting when he is being quiet: he makes us watch. Pankaj Tripathi, as the head of the security detail, cynical yet doing the best he can, is lovely too. For once the talented Patil has been used well, and as for Raghubir Yadav, he gives us, after Peepli Live, another stand-out act, a lesson in How To Immerse Yourself Effortlessly In Your Role.”
Over the weekday, this film is expected to stay strong. Even after allegations that it was copied from Secret Ballot, it remains the Indian submission to the Oscars this year. Released on September 22, it also stars Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir Yadav.