Yesterday we saw the release of two major films – Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray and Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. And clearly people had been waiting for these two films.
Despite the wedding season being on, the halls saw almost a 40 per cent occupancy in different cinema theatres around the country.
From the moment the dates of release of the two films were announced, we were sure that it would be Nawaz versus Kangana at the box office. And a ferocious battle at that.
Turns out, Kangana’s film beat Nawaz’s film by a massive margin as per the day 1 collections and the early estimates of the box office that have come in.
On the first day, Thackeray made 3 to 4 crores at the box office. This is huge considering the fact that the film is mostly targeted at a Maharashtrian audience and that it is a biopic. It is also one of Nawaz’s best openings so far.
However, Kangana proves that she is indeed the queen of Bollywood and beats Nawaz at this game. Her film earned approximately 12 to 13 crores at the box office on day 1, which makes it one of the highest opening day collections in 2019 so far.
Day 1 Collections of Manikarnika – 13 crores approx.
Day 1 Collections of Thackeray – 4 crores approx.