After bringing on 10.26 crore on Friday, PadMan had a task in hand to jump well on Saturday. This is what happened as the film saw good rise in momentum, what with 14 crore* more coming in. This has now given the film a solid platform to score a weekend of around 40 crore since 24.26 crore* have already been collected.
The film was always headed this way once the reports starting coming out by Friday evening. While critics have given a unanimous thumbs up to the film, audience reaction was positive too and hence it was pretty much on the cards that word of mouth would keep the film going. An even bigger jump would have further helped the case but nonetheless the trajectory is right for the film currently and that is setting it up well for the weekend.
There is competition coming in from Padmaavat though since the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film is not really slowing down. Still, in the midst of the 200 crore period extravaganza, a 20 crore film on periods is managing to collect well, which is remarkable indeed. It is to Akshay Kumar’s credit that he is making it happen and now it has to be seen how much further does PadMan go from here to enjoy an even better verdict.
*Estimates. Final numbers awaited.
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources