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‘Padmaavat’ zooms past Rs 100 cr in opening weekend 

Mumbai, Jan 29 (IANS) Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” has marched past the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office in its opening weekend, bringing cheer to the Bollywood cash registers despite facing a long period of struggle for release.

According to Viacom18 Motion Pictures, one of the banners behind the period drama, “Padmaavat” made a total of Rs 114 crore by January 28 after releasing on January 25 across 4,000 screens in India.

It hit the screens a day before the Republic Day holiday, but paid previews on January 24 had given its earnings a jump-start of Rs 5 crore. This was followed by Rs 19 crore on January 25, Rs 32 crore on January 26 and Rs 27 crore on January 27 and Rs 31 crore on January 28.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted: “Protests… Disturbances… No screening in few states… Yet, ‘Padmaavat’ does excellent business in its extended weekend. The film lost out on substantial business (approximately Rs 35 crore to Rs 37 crore), but the superb trending in other circuits helped put up a majestic total.”

“Padmaavat”, based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem “Padmavat”, was caught in a row after protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena which contended that it distorts historical facts and dents the pride of the Rajput community.

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