By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 7, 2018 6:53:16 am Sanju box office collection day 8: Ranbir Kapoor film is still dominating the box office.
Rajkumar Hirani directorial Sanju, a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, is making more money in the middle of the week than most movies do in their lifetime. In just a week, it has crossed the Rs 200 crore mark and with it, the lifetime business of the directors 3 Idiots. Its collection now stands at Rs 202.51 crore.
The whitewashing criticism of the Ranbir Kapoor starrer notwithstanding, the film is still dominating the box office. The usual movie-going audience does not seem to care whether the film depicts events faithfully or not. Also, it can be argued that Sanju is a commercial film and a commercial film, first and foremost, has to be a crowd-pleaser. And crowd-pleaser, Sanju is — as the numbers suggest.
It had received an average review from the Indian Express Shubhra Gupta, who had said in her 2.5 star review, “Basically, Sanju is a dialed-down, tamer version of the real-life hellraiser that used to be Sanjay Dutt, who at one point was so over-taken by drugs that he begged his father, the respected thespian and parliamentarian Sunil Dutt to save him. Sanju gives us a Sanjay mediated by the trademark sunniness of the directors world-view in which even the most unlikely munnabhais (theres a Munnabhai MBBS reference in here too, which is meta piling upon meta: a star playing a star playing a much-loved character played by that star) overcome all odds and become heroes. This Sanju Baba feels like an updated version of Munna Bhai, or was Munna Bhai an anticipatory version of Sanju? Both bad boys with great, supportive fathers and a jaadu-ki-jhappi which pulled them out of the abyss: sometimes its hard to know which is which.”
Sanju box office collection
#Sanju is 200 NOT OUT… Has an EXTRAORDINARY Week 1… Crosses *lifetime biz* of #3Idiots [₹ 202.47 cr] in 7 days… Fri 34.75 cr, Sat 38.60 cr, Sun 46.71 cr, Mon 25.35 cr, Tue 22.10 cr, Wed 18.90 cr, Thu 16.10 cr. Total: ₹ 202.51 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 6, 2018
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted earlier, “#Sanju is 200 NOT OUT… Has an EXTRAORDINARY Week 1… Crosses *lifetime biz* of #3Idiots [₹ 202.47 cr] in 7 days… Fri 34.75 cr, Sat 38.60 cr, Sun 46.71 cr, Mon 25.35 cr, Tue 22.10 cr, Wed 18.90 cr, Thu 16.10 cr. Total: ₹ 202.51 cr. India biz.”
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Chances are the film will see further ascent in its second weekend after which it will likely begin to taper a little but still maintain a strong performance. The audiences seem to love it and word-of-mouth promotion of Sanju is superb.
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