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Big B-starrer ‘Piku’ nets Rs 25.22 cr at box office

MUMBAI: Multi Screen Media’s motion pictures division has got fourth time lucky with its latest co-produced release ‘Piku’.

Despite a limited screen release, ‘Piku’ has seen the fourth-biggest opening of this year at the domestic box office, behind ‘Gabbar Is Back’, ‘Baby’ and ‘Roy’.

Piku ImagesThe family comedy drama starring Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone has seen a big opening at the domestic as well as international box office.

The film has collected Rs 25.22 crore (Rs 252.2 million) net at the domestic box office in its first weekend.

The Shoojit Sircar-directed film ended Friday with a net collection of Rs 5.32 crore (Rs 53.2 million), which subsequently increased to Rs 8.70 crore (Rs 87 million) on Saturday. The positive word of mouth helped the film to clock Rs 11.2 crore (Rs 112 million) on Sunday, doubling the Friday figures.

MSM Motion Pictures said in a statement that even in the overseas markets, ‘Piku’ has taken the biggest weekend opening of 2015, clocking nearly $2.273 million or roughly 14.54 crore (Rs 145.4 million) in gross collections.

Director Shoojit Sircar said, “It’s overwhelming to see the response from audiences across the globe. We are glad that ‘Piku’ managed to touch hearts and bring smile on their faces. It was a great team work that has eventually paid of.”

MSM deputy president and head of MSM Motion Pictures Sneha Rajani added, “’Piku’ has shown yet again that content is the king. We are mighty pleased by its success worldwide, which we hope will continue in the weeks to come. ‘Piku’ as a movie is all heart and we are glad that it has touched the right emotional chord. It’s been an exhilarating and a very memorable journey for all of us. We are thankful to the audiences worldwide for showering their love on the film!”

The film got favourable reviews from critics as well. As per Rajeev Masand, ‘Piku’ is a charming, unpredictable comedy that—like Sircar’s ‘Vicky Donor’—mines humour from the unlikeliest of places.

MSM’s earlier three movies—‘Youngistaan’, ‘Daar @ The Mall’, and ‘Bajatey Raho’—did not fare well at the box office.

The other release of the week, Sunny Leone-starrer ‘Kuch Kuch Locha Hai’ collected Rs 2.24 crore (Rs 22.4 million) during its first weekend. It collected Rs 71 lakh (Rs 7.1 million) on the first day, Rs 74 lakh (Rs 7.4 million) on the second and Rs 79 lakh (Rs 7.9 million) on the third day of the release.

Meanwhile, Viacom18 Motion Pictures’ ‘Gabbar Is Back’, which saw a strong opening at the box office last week, collected Rs 10.38 crore (Rs 103.8 million) in its second weekend. During its first week, the film had collected Rs 55.76 crore (Rs 557.6 million).

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