A Monday showing of Rs 3.25 crore will be enough to sustain Ek Villain Returns until the release of Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan, reports an exclusive Box Office article.
Ek Villain Returns, directed by Mohit Suri, has recorded a fair start during its opening weekend. The romantic thriller, starring John Abraham, Arjun Kapoor, Disha Patani, and Tara Sutaria, has collected Rs 8.35 crore on Sunday for an opening weekend start of Rs 22 crore. After opening to Rs 6.65 crore on Friday, the film made Rs 7 crore on Saturday.
The mass belts recorded an increase of 30% on Sunday, while the multiplex chains increased by 16%. In fact, CI showed a near 80% jump in collections, which went from 28 lakh on Friday to 50 lakh on Sunday. It was possible that Ek Villain Returns would stay flat over the weekend due to negative reviews, but there was a certain amount of interest in the audience, which resulted in decent footfalls over the weekend. I am sure the weekend would have been higher by 10 – 15 percent if the music had been as soon as Mohit Suri’s last directorial, Malang.
People gave Ek Villain Returns a chance on Monday and will react similarly as they get a word of mouth impression of the film. If the film has an upside of Rs 3.25 crore on Monday, it will be in a strong position to stay healthy until Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan release, while a low-three crore day will spell trouble. In times like these, it can also be considered a moral victory that the weekend sales of Ek Villain Returns are higher than the lifetime collections of many films featuring much bigger names.
There is still a long way to go for the film to succeed, but given the amount of feature films released last year, every small accomplishment is significant, as it’s a stepping stone for the future. Ek Villain Returns doing some sort of numbers has also given a breather to the industry, as the audience has not ghosted Hindi Films, but are being more selective on what they want to watch on the big screen. All eyes are now on the crucial Monday test.