With every passing year, stakes at the weekend box office only keep growing. And 2018 is no different. Despite a lot of misses, there are a few hits which managed to push the envelope. And among all the releases so far, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat stands tall with the highest weekend collection. Kareena Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor’s latest Veere Di Wedding has also managed to find a place in the top five-weekend grossers of the year so far.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the list on Twitter. He wrote, “TOP 5 – 2018 Opening Weekend biz… 1. #Padmavaat ₹ 114 cr [extended weekend; select previews on Wed, released on Thu]… Hindi + Tamil + Telugu. 2. #Baaghi2 ₹ 73.10 cr 3. #Raid ₹ 41.01 cr 4. #PadMan ₹ 40.05 cr 5. #VeereDiWedding ₹ 36.52 cr India biz.”
TOP 5 – 2018
Opening Weekend biz…
1. #Padmavaat ₹ 114 cr [extended weekend; select previews on Wed, released on Thu]… Hindi + Tamil + Telugu.
2. #Baaghi2 ₹ 73.10 cr
3. #Raid ₹ 41.01 cr
4. #PadMan ₹ 40.05 cr
5. #VeereDiWedding ₹ 36.52 cr
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 4, 2018
Check out the top five films with highest weekend business in 2018 so far.
1. Padmaavat – Rs 114 crore
After much delay, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor finally released and became the first hit of 2018. Opening on a Thursday, the historic drama enjoyed an extended weekend, entering the coveted Rs 100 crore club in its first four days only.
2. Baaghi 2 – Rs 73.10 crore
This Tiger Shoff and Disha Patani film remains the biggest opener this year at Rs 25.10 crore. Though its weekend collection took it to the number two spot in the highest weekend openers’ list, the film’s lifetime earnings remain Rs 164.38 crore, a staggering amount for a small budget film.
3. Raid – Rs 41.01 crore
Based on the real-life Income-tax raid that took place in the 1980s, Raid starring Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz mined Rs 41.01 crore in its opening weekend, with Rs 10.04 crore on its day one alone.
4. PadMan – Rs 40.05 crore
Akshay Kumar’s name has become synonymous with superhits. With almost a 100 percent success rate at the box office for past few years, the Khiladi Kumar’s PadMan, based on the life of social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented low-cost sanitary pads, connected well with the Indian audience and collected Rs 40.05 crore in its opening weekend.
5. Veere Di Wedding – Rs 36.52 crore
The “not a chick flick” opened at Rs 10.70 crore and went on to earn Rs 36.52 crore in its first weekend. The female-buddy film starring Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania released alongside Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, but managed to stump the Harshvardhan Kapoor film. It is currently enjoying a good run at the box office.