Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt has gained momentum at the box office amid good reviews and positive word of the mouth. The film showed about 45 % growth on Saturday and collected Rs 18.65 crore. The total collection of the film now stands at Rs 51 crore. It is expected to show further growth during the weekend.
Taking advantage of the Valentine’s Day release, the film had opened at a whopping Rs 19.40 crore on Thursday but dropped to Rs 13 crore on Friday. It went on to become Ranveer’s second highest opening film after his last release Simmba, which opened at Rs 20 crore and collected around Rs 250 crore at the domestic box office.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the box office figures of the film on Twitter. He tweeted, “GullyBoy catches speed… Crosses Rs 50 cr… Metros excellent, driving the biz… Mass belt/Tier-2 cities improve… Day 4 [Sun] should be huge again… Rs 70 cr+ *extended* weekend on cards… Thu 19.40 cr, Fri 13.10 cr, Sat 18.65 cr. Total: Rs 51.15 cr. India biz.”
Gully Boy also became Alia’s highest opening film. Her last film Raazi was her highest grossing film with a collection of Rs 123 crore at the domestic box office.
The film has earned praise from the moviegoers as well as the celebrities. Actor Anil Kapoor called Ranveer a tiger and director Zoya Akhtar a mastermind after watching the film. Hollywood actor Will Smith also shared a video on Instagram, praising Ranveer’s rapping skills.
The film was received well at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Gully Boy actors along with Zoya and producer Ritesh Sidhwani had walked the red carpet at the event.
Ranveer plays an aspiring rapper Murad in the film, who beats all odds to make an identity for himself. Alia plays his girlfriend and a medical student who has her own struggles in life. The film showcases the hip hop culture in Mumbai and is loosely based on the lives of rappers Divine and Naezy.