Director Ayan Mukerj’s new fantasy drama Brahmastra is now enjoying the Rs 200 crore mark after registering a solid increase in ticket sales on its second Friday. According to Bollywood Hungama, the Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer saw a 15 percent jump on Friday and earned around Rs 10.25 to 11.25 crores on the eighth day of release.
Hindi version brahmastra collected Rs 161 crore and the dubbed versions in South Indian languages together grossed Rs 20 crore. The same report suggests that the second weekend will be dominated by the Hindi version and the film may collect an additional Rs 40 crore. The film’s total domestic collections will stand at Rs 212 crore net till Sunday.
Brahmastra will surpass the lifetime collections of Kartik Aaryan-starrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (Rs 185 crore nett and Rs 221 crore gross), after which it will be named the second highest grosser of the year after The Kashmir Files (nearly Rs 300 crore). However, The Kashmir Files and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 were made on smaller budgets. The budget of Brahmastra is said to have exceeded 400 crore rupees. By Sunday, Brahmastra will also overtake the lifetime collections of Akshay Kumar starrer Sooryavanshi (Rs 195 crore).
Brahmastra was released amid sustained backlash from a section of social media. Although critics and audiences have given the film mixed reviews, the public is already speculating about it second installment, Brahmastra Part Two: Dev. In an interview with Indian Express, Ayan revealed that the sequel will switch between past and present and show how Dev affects the universe. “The problems that this community and the world will face because of Brahmastra, what the real stress is. All this will actually take place in Dev’s story,” he added.