It was a drop for Ek Villain Returns in the second week as 2.25 crores* more came during the weekdays. The film had an okay second weekend and that pretty much indicated that the weekdays too would just about go through the motions. This is what happened and as a result the film managed to complete its second week on theatres, though that’s about it. The film had to relegate a huge number of its shows to Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan on Thursday itself, and hence the pinch was felt.
Ek Villain Returns now stands at 41.19 crores* and it has to be seen that where does it go from here. New releases of Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar may have opened lesser than expectations but still, that doesn’t quite give the John Abraham and Arjun Kapoor starrer a leeway to make loads of money. That happens when a film is set, something like what happened with Kartik Aryan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, which went on and on with other new releases flopping and it continuing to be triumphant. In the case of Ek Villain Returns, it had lost steam after the first weekend itself and hence the only benefit that it has earned is that it is there in circulation at least.
That’s exactly what would allow it to go past the 45 crores mark since at the select screens where it is still playing, there would be some sort of an advantage over the extended weekend right till Monday, Independence Day. That would allow it to add a few more crores to its total, hence resulting in 45 crores being crossed.
*Estimates. Final numbers awaited
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources