Udta Punjab First Day Box Office Collection
The censor board controversy surrounding “Udta Punjab” has worked in its favour. “Udta Punjab,” starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, opened to good occupancy across India on Friday. In fact, the opening day occupancy of “Udta Punjab” is better than Akshay Kumar’s “Housefull 3” in the entire Northern region. Generally, a movie starts on an average note and then the occupancy picks up post afternoon shows. But in the case of “Udta Punjab” the film recorded good occupancy from the morning shows itself.
According to morning & evening show reports, the film has taken a massive opening mainly in the North – including Punjab, where the film’s story is set. In Delhi too, the responses for morning & evening shows have been more than 70% plus in spite of it being leaked online. In other metros such as Mumbai, the opening occupancy is approximately in the range of 30-35%. Considering it is a normal week day, we couldn’t expect anything better than this. The film’s leak will be a huge issue for the makers and it will form as a setback for the weekend collections.
The advance booking of Udta Punjab was started from the 13th June, the day when Bombay High Court passed it with only one cut. As per the reports from theaters, movie is witnessing an average response for its pre-booking. Hollywood’s Now You See Me 2 is also there to hamper its performance, so we can’t expect impressive business. On the opening day, Udta Punjab can rake around 10.05 crores. Abhishek Chaubey’s directorial film is about the issue of drug trafficking in Punjab. The film has been in the limelight after its trailer release.
Initially, Alia was slammed on Twitter for portraying the character of a Bihari migrant. Later, the Central Board of Film Certification demanded over 94 cuts in the film, for which they were trolled on social media. The makers later approached the Bombay High Court for the film’s clearance. After the court passed the film with just one cut, a censor copy got leaked online just before the film’s release. However, trade analysts believe that the leak will not hamper the box office collection of the film.