Barfi! earns 34.6 crore in the opening weekend
Anurag Basu's Barfi ..... is a winner at the box-office. Made on a budget of Rs 30 crore the film garnered a total of Rs 34.6 crore at the first weekend. Apart from collecting money, the movie is also receiving good remarks and the acting of the three leading stars of the movie, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Illeana D’Cruz received huge applause.
"Barfi! has done remarkable business. The film gathered steam with each passing day, rising to the maximum on Saturday and Sunday. It was released in less than 700 cinema halls in India, a tiny release as compared to the biggies. Occupancy at multiplexes was fantastic," tweeted film critic Taran Adarsh.
Overseas also the movie has done well. It crossed Rs 2 million-mark over the weekend. This is Ranbir's highest grosser overseas, ahead of Raajneeti and Rockstar.
Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur is thrilled with Barfi! response saying it "completely overwhelming".
"These are the moments that filmmakers, artists, technicians and producers live for. The love and appreciation that is being showered on the film from audiences and critics in India and around the world is unprecedented," said Kapur, managing director, Studios, Disney UTV.
Anant Verma, director and business head, DT Cinemas added that the movie had a rush advance bookings from September 12.
"The response to the film has been excellent. It had advance bookings from Wednesday and also had many corporate bookings. There was a tremendous increase in footfall after Friday, and it is word-of-mouth publicity that worked in favour of the film," Verma told IANS.
Filmmaker Karan Johar praised the film to the heavens and said that Basu is genius and he feels like talentless.