Hollywood's latest offering Deadpool 2, backed by Marvel and distributed by 20th Century Fox, has received a promising start at the Indian box office. Garnering fabulous reviews, this Ryan Reynolds starrer opened to houseful shows across the country. Apart from English, even Hindi and other language markets opened to full houses in 2000 screens across India.
Sharing the good news, trade analyst Taran Adarsh pointed out that "Hollywood films are on a roll”. And indeed they are. Who would have expected even the Tamil and Telugu versions of Deadpool 2 to open to very good occupancy?
The second standalone film of the superhero and the 11th film in the X-Men series, Deadpool 2 comes exactly three weeks after Indian audiences were treated to arguably the biggest superhero movie of all time - Avengers: Infinity War. Of course Deadpool 2, with its in your face humour and adult content might not rake it in as hugely as the family-friendly Avengers which crossed Rs.200 crore at the Indian box office. With actor Ranveer Singh lending his voice to the motor-mouthed superhero in the Hindi version, the film is drawing in diehard Bollywood fans too.
The Amitabh Bachchan-Rishi Kapoor starrer 102 Not Out continues to draw in audiences. The film enjoyed a strong second week, adding another Rs.1.25 crore at the box office on Thursday. The total collection stands at Rs.41.86 crore.
With rave reviews and positive word-of-mouth publicity, Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi continues on its winning wicket. Its collections in its first week read thus: Friday – Rs.7.53 crore, Saturday – Rs.11.30 crore, Sunday – Rs.14.11 crore, Monday – Rs.6.30 crore, Tuesday – Rs.6.10 crore, Wednesday – Rs.5.90 crore, Thursday – Rs.5.35 crore. The total collections so far stand at Rs.56.59 crore.
At the film’s success party, a thrilled Alia had declared, “No amount of words can express how validated I feel for choosing this film. It’s all thanks to the team and the director. Every challenge to put out something like this is worth it. If I give in to the pressure of people’s expectations, I might make decisions for the wrong reasons. I want to pursue what my heart says and better my work with every passing film."