Sonam Kapoor starrer ‘Neerja’, which still continues to run in theatres, has earned a total of Rs. 75.34 cr., till date. The film, released on February 19, had its victory march and had crossed the Rs. 50 crore mark in just 10 days of its release. The film is dominating the box office despite new film releases. The film opened to great reviews from critics and fans alike.
On day 1, Neerja earned a mere Rs 4.70 crore but it saw a jump on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday it collected Rs 7.60 cr while Sunday’s numbers were the highest of the weekend.
Neerja, which released over 671 screens in India, has shown good occupancy in theatres across the country backed up by strong content and good word of mouth.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the current numbers, saying, “Phenomenal love pouring in for the film.”
The film’s business witnessed growth towards evening/night shows and the numbers multiplied rapidly especially at the metros.
Neerja also delivered a fantastic opening weekend of $ 1.56 million in the international markets (Rs 10.7 cr.)
Neerja marks to be the highest opening weekend for a female centric – 15 rated film in the international markets. (The censor rating of 15 restricts the family audiences in North America, UK, Middle East and Australia)
Indian Express film critic, Shubhra Gupta wrote: The question was always going to be, can Kapoor, who has always played itty-bitty ditsy roles before (with patchy results in a string of others), carry off that demanding role? Short answer : yes.
In “Neerja”, Sonam played a real life character — a flight attendant who displays bravado on a hijacked plane to save the lives of passengers by risking her own.
Sonam admits that the portrayal of women in films has become stronger over the years, but she still feels that in terms of remuneration, discrimination against actresses exists.