Ajay Devgn’s latest film Raid has had a superb opening weekend. It earned Rs 41.01 crore, becoming the second highest opening film at the box office this year after Padmaavat. Now, the Saurabh Shukla starrer has started its weekday test but it seems the film has nothing to worry about. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film has maintained a strong hold at the box office despite Monday being a weekday and working day.
The film managed to earn Rs 6.26 crore on Monday, taking the total collection to Rs 47.27 crore. Taran Adarsh wrote, “#Raid is SUPER-STRONG on Mon… An indicator that the film will sustain very well on weekdays… Current trending suggests ₹ 64 cr [+/-] Week 1, which is EXCELLENT for a non-masala film… Fri 10.04 cr, Sat 13.86 cr, Sun 17.11 cr, Mon 6.26 cr. Total: ₹ 47.27 cr. India biz.”
Raid’s success is another proof that Indian audiences are hungry for issue-based movies and it is not just masala films that taste success. Starring Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla apart from Ajay, Raid is based on an honest officer working in the Income Tax Department. The film dramatises the real-life events of the 1980s and it seems the people are loving the stern, hard-working Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Amay Patnaik played by Ajay Devgn.
Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote, “Raid had potential, but it comes off overlong and tepid. And where is the city of Lucknow? What we get is same-old flashes of historic buildings in all their crumbling glory, as a backdrop to drab songs, but no sign of the vibrant, living culture of the place this film is supposedly set in.”
#Raid is SUPER-STRONG on Mon… An indicator that the film will sustain very well on weekdays… Current trending suggests ₹ 64 cr [+/-] Week 1, which is EXCELLENT for a non-masala film… Fri 10.04 cr, Sat 13.86 cr, Sun 17.11 cr, Mon 6.26 cr. Total: ₹ 47.27 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 20, 2018
It is clear that Raj Kumar Gupta, who debuted with critically-acclaimed Aamir in 2008, has not lost his touch, and he still has the ability to handle sensitive subjects in a deft manner.