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‘Welcome Back’ nets Rs 49.9 cr in debut week, becomes 3rd biggest opener of 2015

MUMBAI: ‘Welcome Back’, the sequel to the 2007 action comedy ‘Welcome’, has had a good opening at the box office, already becoming the third top grosser in the debut weekend in 2015.

welcome-backThe film has surpassed ‘ABCD2’ and ‘Tanu Weds Many Returns’ in terms of debut weekend box-office collections to become third highest of the year. It falls behind Salman Khan-starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ (Rs 102.60 crore) and Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Brothers’ (Rs 52.08 crore).

Produced by Firoz Nadiadwala and directed by Anees Bazmee, ‘Welcome Back’ did a net collection of Rs 49.94 crore (Rs 499.4 million) at the box office in the first weekend.

The multi-starrer featuring Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, Paresh Rawal, new-comer Ankita Srivastava and Shiney Ahuja in key roles opened with Rs 14.10 crore (Rs 141 million) on Friday.

On Saturday and Sunday the collection soared to Rs 16.52 crore (Rs 165.2 million) and Rs 19.32 crore (Rs 193.2 million) respectively.

Majorly shot in and around Dubai, the film got mostly average and unfavourable reviews from the critics. Rajeev Masand gave the film 2.5 stars and said, “’Welcome Back’ is overlong, over-plotted, and unmistakably silly. But it’s also incredibly funny in portions.”

‘Indian Express’ columnist Shubhra Gupta, who gave just 1.5 stars, wrote, “‘Welcome’ had a welcome lightness in most of its steps. And it made us laugh. ‘Welcome Back’, minus Akshay and Katrina, plus John and Shruti, and Dimple and a new girl, and Naseer and Shiney, clomps about, looking for the laughs. And failing, mostly, to find them.”