The collection of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi on its 1st day at the box office was affected by the release of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s latest Bollywood movie Thackeray. The Kangana Ranaut directorial witnessed a slow start on Friday, but gained footfalls as the day progressed. As per the reports, Manikarnica collected Rs 8.75 cr on its opening. (check: Thackeray 2nd day collection.)
As 1st Saturday is a holiday being the 70th Republic Day of India, there are expectations that the flick should witness growth on this coming first weekend. It might also prove to be a major turnaround as well. It had got an ordinary start yesterday’s morning. There is appreciation and expectations from this big release, but it should also convert at the ticket counters.
Manikarnika has been released in three languages simultaneously – Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. With its release, it clashed at the box office with Nawazuddin starrer Thackeray, which is also a biopic film, based on the life of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thakre. Despite the huge clash, Kangana’s movie turned out to be clear winner on the first day. Thackeray was only able to collect Rs 6 cr, performing the best in Maharashtra. Its Marathi version excelled very much.
Speaking of the 2nd day, Manikarnika has registered a good boost on its 1st Saturday of release being a holiday today. The film witnessed an average of 50% occupancy rate in the morning shows which is way ahead compared to yesterday’s figures. It was only 20% on Friday. Being made on a huge budget of over 100 crores and getting an extended first weekend, the film should get a very good collection. We have also some good word of mouth reports.
On Saturday, the film earned Rs 17.75 cr making its 2 days total collection to Rs 26.85 crores.
Upon its release, Manikarnika was greeted with mixed reviews from the film critics. It has been jointly directed by Kangana and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi. The latter left the direction in the mid way due to controversies. Therefore, the actress became the accidental director. Besides Ranaut, it also stars Ankita Lokhande, Jisshu Sengupta, Zeeshan Ayyub, Danny Denzongpa, and Atul Kulkarni in important roles.
It is made on the life of warrior queen Rani Lakshmi Bai.