Padmaavat Day 1 Box Office Collection Update: The much controversial film Padmaavat (earlier known as Padmavati) hit the screens today after facing a lot of troubles in the last couple of months. However, it did not get a full-fledged release and as a result, the opening is also below the mark. Take a look at Padmaavat collection update.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's production has opened to around 40% occupancy in the morning shows. As expected the opening is the best in Maharashtra region. It was also pretty decent in South India and West Bengal where the protests were minimal and the film managed to get a smooth release.
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However, Padmaavat has not been released in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The exhibitors have decided to not screen the film fearing the violence. This has happened after the state governments refused to guarantee the security. In fact, some of the states themselves banned the film, even though the supreme court has cleared the film.
In smaller centres, local authorities have also banned the film to maintain the law and order. Places like UP and Haryana have a very limited screening of Padmavati. Overall the film has lost around 35-40% of the market on the 1st day. The makers are trying to release the film in the banned states but nothing is certain as of now.
Padmavati collection from the previews are about 5 crores which is a good figure considering the recent scenario. The controversy might have helped the film to increase the buzz but it has also resulted in the ban. No doubt if the film would have got a smooth release, it would be a bumper opener. The makers took a huge risk and it did not pay off.
Padmaavat has managed to pick up the pace in the noon and evening shows. This is a very good news after a slightly underwhelming start. Probably the audience has come in areas where the situation was normal. Though it still has not got a release in Gujarat, MP and Rajasthan. But the places like Mumbai and West Bengal are performing extremely well. The later is not a huge market for films like this but the controversy has really helped the film.
Overall the situation is looking better but there is still a lot of ground left to cover. There is a huge scope for growth tomorrow and ideally, it should have gone over 30 crores. But the release in banned states is crucial, especially in Gujarat.
As per the early trends, Padmaavat 1st day collection could be in the range of 15-20 crores. It is very tough to make an estimate right now as the samples from many areas are not available.
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