Several sections have touted Sanju as Rajkumar Hirani's goodwill gesture towards his close friend Sanjay Dutt, as he possibly could have left pieces of his life story on the edit table. But none of these views have leveraged the biopic's business for the human drama is enjoying a remarkable run at the box office. Going by the collections, Sanju is making all the right noises.
Having surpassed the opening day collections and record held by Salman Khan-starrer Race 3, the Ranbir Kapoor starrer amassed Rs 34.75 crore on its day of release. While the Remo D'souza directorial coincided with an Eid holiday, Sanju, despite lacking the benefit of a public off, has delivered a thundering response. The biographical cinema raked in an excellent second day of more than Rs 38 crore which took its two day total to Rs 73.35 crore compared to Race 3's Rs 63.75. Dethroning Tiger Zinda Hai, Sanju has become the first non-holiday release after Baahubali to garner such collections.
After a series of flops, a blockbuster hit like Sanju has certainly brought Ranbir back in the big league of numbers. And isn't he back with vengeance! As for Hirani, his last release PK with Aamir Khan in the lead had earned Rs.26.63 crore on its day of release, it has been overwhelmingly overtaken by his latest, Sanju.
Trade pundits predict the movie shall enter the coveted Rs 100 crore club in its opening weekend itself! Considering the upbeat reviews, positive word of mouth, and the great moolah garnered so far, the target only seems a cakewalk for Sanju.
Besides Race 3, Sanju has also overtaken the first day collections of the immensely successful Avengers: Infinity War. The superhero flick had garnered Rs.31.30 crore at the Indian box office on its first day of release. Make way for the new superheroes!
The biopic also stars Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Karishma Tanna, Manisha Koirala and Jim Sarbh amongst others.
To sum it up, Sanju is winning the classes and the masses both!