Kartik Aaryan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, which released on May 20, has almost touched Rs 100 crore (nett) at the box office while newer releases like the Hindi film Anek and the English film Top Gun: Maverick have underperformed.
According to Box Office India, John Abraham-starrer Anek had a very poor opening of just Rs 1.75 crore (nett) and could not attract much of an audience even on Friday evening. While the film is expected to get more numbers during the weekend, it is facing tough competition from Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. In fact, Anek‘s opening is reportedly one of the lowest in 2022 and it is in the same group as films like Badhaai Do, Jhund, and Dhaakad, all of which saw very little footfall on their opening day.
Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Anek is a socio-political thriller set in Northeast India. The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar and Sinha under Benaras Media Works and T-Series. It was earlier set to clash with Jayeshbhai Jordaar, which also failed to rake in much money at the box office.
Top Gun: Maverick, which released on Wednesday, has so far collected Rs 4.25 crore (nett) in India. While the film’s first two days’ earnings were very low, it picked up on Friday and is expected to do better during the weekend. This film will also prove to be strong competition for Anek. Top Gun: Maverick is an action drama and is the sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 film Top Gun.
With June set to see many more Hindi releases, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has proved to be the sole ray of hope for the industry. The horror-comedy’s earnings currently stand at Rs 96.5 crore (nett) and it will surely cross the 100-crore mark as it enters its second week. Only last year’s Sooryavanshi was able to see a good footfall even in its second week, so it will be interesting to see if the Aaryan-starrer can surpass it.
Directed by Anees Bazmee, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 also stars Kiara Advani, Tabu, Rajpal Yadav, and Sanjay Mishra in pivotal roles. It is the sequel to the 2007 Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan-starrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa, which was helmed by Priyadarshan.