Mardaani 2 Box Office Day One: Rani Mukerji-Starrer Starts Off Slow with Tough Competition from Jumanji: The Next Level
Rani Mukerji’s acting comeback Mardaani 2 released on Friday and raked in a total of INR3.35 crore on its first day. However, it has done better business than other Hindi films being screened
Rani Mukerji’s acting comeback with Mardaani 2 was one of the most highly-anticipated releases of the year. As the film hit cinemas on Friday, it was released on 1600 screens. However, much to the dismay of the film’s cast and crew, the movie opened to a slow start, garnering a total of INR3.35 crore on its first day. In comparison, Jumanji – The Next Level has not only been giving extremely tough competition to the Gopi Puthran directorial but also managed to collect INR6.20 crore on Friday, nearly double of Mardaani 2’s numbers, according to film and trade analyst Taran Ardash.
On a brighter note, Mardaani 2 has done the best business compared to other Hindi releases and has opened to pretty much the same figures that the first film in the franchise, Mardaani, raked in five years ago. The Kevin Hart and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson-starrer emerged the most preferred of all the Friday releases. Tweeting the numbers, Taran wrote: “#Hollywood dominates yet again... #Jumanji: #TheNextLevel embarks on an impressive start... Bigger start than its prequel #Jumanji: #WelcomeToTheJungle... Thu previews 1.15 cr, Fri 5.05 cr. Total: ₹ 6.20 cr Nett BOC. #India biz. All versions. #JumanjiTheNextLevel.”
Mardaani centres on a chase game between a fierce female police officer, played by Rani Mukerji, and an intelligent but evil monster, played by debutant Vishal Jethwa. Speaking about the film earlier, Rani said, “I want to show them as heroes. I think of them as nothing less heroic. But you won't see a film which has me beating up goons by defying laws of gravity. It's because I've met those female officers. My portrayal stems from first-hand experiences. In fact, Mardaani is not just about the women police officers. It's a spirit that anyone, whether male or female, can live by.” Finger’s crossed, let’s see how the film fares in the next few days!