On Saturday, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 extended its second weekend advantage against Anek and Top Gun: Maverick. The horror-comedy starring Kartik Aaryan, Tabu, and Kiara Advani and directed by Anees Bazmee appears unstoppable, with a double-digit second Saturday and Sunday anticipated to match or even exceed the opening day. Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, grew well on Saturday thanks to favourable word of mouth, but the film’s prospects were hampered by its poor opening. Anek, directed by Anubhav Sinha and starring Ayushmann Khurrana, is turning out to be a wet squib with little increase on Saturday.

On its second Saturday, the Anees Bazmee-directed film grossed between Rs. 11.25 and Rs. 11.35 crore nett. The film has officially entered the Rs. 100 crore nett club, and there is still plenty of room for it to surpass the Rs. 150 crore threshold. The second Saturday increase shows a blockbuster trend, but it’s too early to tell because next Friday sees the premiere of Akshay Kumar’s Samrat Prithviraj, which is expected to do well.

Top Gun: Maverick increased by 80% from Friday to a Saturday cume of Rs. 4.5 crore nett, which is a promising sign. Hollywood films rarely mature to this extent, but the Tom Cruise vehicle has. The start was dismal, so the Saturday increase will provide some respite to exhibitors and distributors across India. Top Gun: Maverick may have started slowly in India, but the opportunity in its home market is nothing short of extraordinary. It is expected to gross $160 million in the first four days, making it the greatest Memorial Day weekend opener ever.

The Ayushmann Khurrana-led socio-political action drama has underperformed at the movie office. The film did not grow on Saturday, which is required for some form of sustenance during the week. The film’s fate is sealed on Saturday. It is the Andhadhun actor’s second consecutive theatrical flop, and it is time to reflect.

The day-wise nett box office collections of the 3 films are as follows:-
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2:
Week 1 – Rs. 90.60 cr
Second Friday – Rs. 6.25 cr
Second Saturday – Rs. 11.25 cr
Total: Rs. 106.10 cr

Top Gun: Maverick:
Wednesday – Rs. 25 lakh (previews)
Thursday – Rs. 1.75 cr
Friday – Rs. 2.5 cr
Saturday – Rs. 4.5 cr
Total: Rs. 9 cr

Friday – Rs. 1.75 cr
Saturday – Rs. 2 cr
Total: Rs. 3.75 cr


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