Abhishek Chaubey’s directorial crime thriller Udta Punjab has passed its opening weekend with an excellent performance. The movie has been released this Friday on around 2000 screens in India with good buzz among audience, which it gained due to censor board controversy. Despite being leaked on internet before the release, it has received amazing response in theaters and raked impressive business total first first 3 days across the country.
On the opening day, Udta Punjab witnessed overall 45% of occupancy across India and minted the amount of 10.05 crores. With this, it has registered the 5th highest opening record so far in this year. Then on Saturday, being weekend it received slight rise in its business graph and raked the business of 11.25 crores. On the last day of weekend, the movie collected 12.50 crores and made its weekend total as 33.80 crores, which is the 5th highest opening weekend total registered by any movie so far in this year.
Udta Punjab has considerable drops in the morning shows as compared to Sunday. The best hold has come in Delhi and Mysore. The overall India occupancy was in the range of 20%. These are samples only from multiplexes and the single screens may have witnessed more drops. The film has not witnessed heavy growth on Sunday so the drop is a little bit more than normal.
Having said so, there is a good chance that it will show growth in the evening. These type of films tend to have a slow start in the morning as the multiplex audience make a turnaround in the evening/night. The response is also on the positive side. However, traditional Hindi markets in North India may not be that strong on weekdays. Another Diljit Dosanjh’s Punjabi release is coming this Friday. As of now Udta Punjab 4th day collection is targeting 5 crore. It can vary depending on the performance in the evening shows.