January 25, 2019 saw the release of two biopics, Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Thackeray. While Manikarnika is a biopic on Rani Lakshmibai, the latter chronicles the life of politician Balasaheb Thackeray. As far as reviews go, Manikarnika received a fair share of positive reviews and the Kangana starrer has beaten Nawazuddin’s film on day one at the box office. However, though Manikarnika has collected more than Thackeray on its first day, it cannot be said that the Krish-Kangana directorial is doing good business.
According to Box Office India, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi has collected around Rs 7.50-8 crore on Friday, a figure that's well below average. The movie has been released in approx. 3000 screens, but the collection remains only moderate, if at all. The film has been made on a high budget and that is clearly visible thanks to a huge canvas. In the past, Kangana Ranaut has carried movies on her shoulder, but none of them were mounted on such a huge scale. Manikarnika required a double-digit collection on day one to survive further at the box office. Now, it all depends on how it performs on day two - which is a Republic Day Holiday but also happens to be a regular Saturday. The jump in the collection is expected but the growth must be maintained on Sunday to get respectable numbers at the box office in its first weekend.
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On the other hand, Thackeray has collected Rs 2.75-3 crore on day one. The Nawazuddin starrer, as expected, has done quite well in Mumbai. The same cannot be said its business in other parts of the country. Thackeray too is expected to get a jump on Saturday, but it will be interesting to see how big a jump it will enjoy.
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The box office is rather crowded though. Uri: The Surgical Strike is still enjoying a good run in theatres. This Vicky Kaushal starrer is on its third week and the film has collected Rs 4.75 crore on Friday which is even higher than the first Friday collection of new release Thackeray. The total collection of Uri now stands at Rs 138.24 crore. A blockbuster indeed.