The Riteish Deshmukh-Siddharth Malhotra-Shraddha Kapoor starrer is the second highest opener of 2014
Known for hemming blockbusters like Kalyug, Awarapan and Aashiqui 2, director Mohit Suri is back with romantic thriller Ek Villain starring Siddharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh. Going by the response that Ek Villain is receiving at the ticket windows, Mohit seems to have created waves with his latest film.
Despite competition from the Hollywood big-ticket film Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Ek Villain has been done brisk business over the weekend. The movie made Rs 15.10 crores on the first day of its release and on Saturday it collected Rs 14.80 crores. On Sunday, the collections shoot up to Rs 18.60 crores, thus amassing Rs 48.50 crores in the opening weekend.
Atul Mohan of Complete Cinema says, “The buzz surrounding Ek Villain was already positive and was expected to do well. But what surprised everyone in trade is that the film did more than expected business. It is the second highest opener of the year in absolute terms and in terms of screen average, it is the highest opening of the year.”
“It’s phenomenal for a movie featuring an unusual pairing like Siddharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh,” says leading distributor-exhibitor Akshaye Rathi, adding, “The music is good that worked in the film’s favour and director Mohit Suri who carries a terrific track record. Besides them, a lot of credit goes to Anil Thadani who distributed the film very well in terms of the screen count at multiplexes and single screens. Balaji has minted good money.”
On how successful it will be in the coming days, Akshaye says, “With Ramzan starting today, the magnitude of impact will be less as far as the Muslim community is concerned. On the other hand, Humshakals was good in its first week but the collections dropped in the second week. The Akshay Kumar starrer Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty has crossed Rs 100 crores and it earned Rs 106 crores so far.”