‘CityLights’ collects 3.57 crores over the weekend
The film ‘Citylights’ had been heavily praised by the film fraternity even before its public release. The early critical reviews were also unanimous in declaring that the film is a brilliant piece of work. The director Hansal Mehta and lead actor Rajkummar Rao both have won national awards recently for their work in the film ‘Shahid’. But it is already being said that the duo may have surpassed their work in the new film. With so much positive hype before its public release, it would be interesting to see how the general public received the film. It must be remembered that the film has no big stars and is based on a serious subject, factors that often keep a good film from doing well at the box office. Let us see how the film ‘CityLights’ fared at the box-office.
The film hit the theaters on 30th May. The opening of the film was not very inspiring. On Friday it made only 70 lakhs despite the fact that there were no big releases. It only had Ekta Kapoor produced comic caper ‘Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi’ for competition. Ekta’s film has failed to impress the audience and will hardly pose any threat to ‘CityLights’. However, luckily for its makers, ‘CityLights’ made a good come back over the weekend. On Saturday the collections almost doubled than Friday and it raked in 1.32 crores. On Sunday the IPL final was taking place and it was expected that business will suffer. But to the surprise of everyone collections were better than Saturday at 1.55 crores. It looks like the film was almost unharmed by the massively popular IPL.
Noted critic and film trade analyst Taran Adarsh had posted in Twitter, “Citylights Fri 70 lacs, Sat 1.32 cr, Sun 1.55 cr. Total – 3.57 cr nett. India biz.” Strong reviews and good word-of-mouth publicity has helped the film. ‘Citylights’ was made on a budget of around 2.5 crores and 4 crores were spent on promotion and advertising. The film has already recovered its cost by earning Rs. 7 crores from music and satellite rights. So the box office collection of the film has to be counted as profit. ‘CityLights’ have already surpassed the life time collections of Hansal Mehta’s last film ‘Shahid’. The signs so far are definitely encouraging for the filmmaker and actors. They will now be praying that the film continues its run till next week before the release of the big budget ‘Holiday’ starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha.