Period drama rules the box office.
By Sreejith Vallikunnu
Ranveer Singh â€“ Deepika Padukone â€“ Priyanka Chopra trio-starrer Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed movie â€˜Bajirao Mastaniâ€™ is creating magic at the box office.
Since its release on December 18th the period drama has mopped up Rs. 301 crore world-wide.
The movie had a gross collection of Rs. 211 crore in India (net box office collection of Rs. 162.35 crore) and Rs. 90 crore ($13.5 million) in overseas markets, Eros International Media said in a statement.
Eros released â€˜Bajirao Mastaniâ€™ across 3750 screens worldwide on December 18.
“The Christmas and New Year holiday weekends have shown tremendous footfalls (in cinema halls) and with no new release for another week, we expect this phenomenon to continue,” Eros International Senior Vice-President (India Theatrical) Nandu Ahuja said.
â€œBajirao Mastani continues to perform equally well in the overseas markets too with it crossing the coveted million mark across key territories including the US, the UK and Australia,â€ said Eros International President Marketing and Distribution Pranab Kapadia.
“Overall, the third weekend collections have dropped by only 20 per cent approximately over the second weekend,” he added.
The movie production and distribution company claimed the movie was the third highest grosser of 2015.
The film produced by Bhansali portrays the life of Maratha leader Peshwa Bajirao and his love towards his second wife Mastani, who had Hindu and Muslim roots.
Ranveer plays the role of Bajirao 1, who served as the Maratha Peshwa (Prime Minister) to the fourth Chhatrapati (Emperor) Chhatrapati Shahu Raje Bhonsle of the Maratha Empire from 1720 until Baji Rao’s death.