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Box office bash for Bollywood’s birthday boy

- Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2 crosses Rs 100-crore mark, capital contributes Rs 70 lakh in seven days

As Salman “Tiger” Khan turned 47 on Thursday, Patna had a gift “Ready” for the “Dabangg” actor.

The city has contributed around Rs 70 lakh in the past seven days to make Dabangg 2 one of the biggest grossers in 2012. Salman’s last release, Ek Tha Tiger, had collected Rs 52,71,432 in the first week. (See chart)

Patna’s contribution cannot be taken lightly as Dabangg 2 crossed the Rs 100-crore mark in six days.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about the film’s collection: “#Dabangg2 Fri 21.10 cr, Sat 19.06 cr, Sun 25 cr, Mon 12 cr, Tue 15.5 cr, Wed 8.12 cr. Total: Rs 100.78 cr nett. 100 cr crossed in 6 days!”

Even on the seventh day, the film pulled in tremendous crowd in Patna. Many among the cine-goers were second-time viewers. “There are people who are coming with their families. The next day, they are coming with their friends. Then they are coming with their girlfriends. You can imagine the craze. Salman Khan has reached the pinnacle of success. People are watching the film again and again. This was not the case with Ek Tha Tiger,” said Abhishek Ranjan, the manager of Cinepolis.

The Dabangg sequel was running in 27 shows across the city. From Friday, the film would get two shows less. Ek Tha Tiger had got 20 shows on its release on August 15. However, on the eighth day, only 18 shows of Tiger were screened in Patna.

Those in the film trade believe that Dabangg 2 would continue to bring good business at least for the next two weeks.

Dabangg 2 would bring more business as there are no promising films releasing in the next two weeks. Rajeev Khandelwal’s Table No. 21 would not be able to put a dent in Dabangg 2 collection. Only the Imran Khan-Anushka Sharma-starrer Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, which is releasing on January 11 next year, has the credibility to affect the box office run of Dabangg 2,” said R.N. Das, the president of Patna Cine Society.

Regent owner Suman Kumar Sinha, who made a clean breast by saying he loves the larger-than-life hero Salman, wished the actor a very happy birthday. “It’s his birthday today (Thursday). I wish he keeps giving three to four hits every year so that we can do good business,” said Sinha.

All his fans could say is Amen!