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Kahaani 2 is better than Kahaani after opening weekend, Dear Zindagi stays good

Back in 2012 when Kahaani had released, the film had opened to Rs. 3 crore on Friday. However, it had enjoyed very good word of mouth and its weekend had closed at Rs. 15 crore. Now in 2016 when Kahaani 2 has released and opened to Rs. 4.25 crore, the weekend is Rs. 16.75 crore*. This is better than Kahaani though if one compares with the hike in ticket rates over last four years, there isn’t much of a difference. Nonetheless, considering the fact that response to sequels/franchise affairs has been largely terrible in 2016, it is still a relief of sorts that Kahaani 2 has at least done decent business. Now it has to be seen how quick does Kahaani 2 manage to surpass the Week One collections of Kahaani. The Vidya Balan starrer had collected Rs. 22.75 crore after its first week and that mark should be crossed by Kahaani 2 as well. The real challenge though would be to proceed from that point on since word of mouth for Kahaani had spread phenomenally from second week onwards. It is going to be a wait and watch situation for Sujoy Ghosh and company till the second weekend. Meanwhile, Dear Zindagi had stayed afloat in its second weekend. The collections came from the select cities where the film’s target audience lies and that has resulted in the sum total of Rs. 59 crore been achieved so far. By the time the second week comes to a close, Rs. 65 crore would be surpassed. From there on, it would boil down to how big Befikre opens and sustains as it would make a difference of Rs. 3-5 crore in the lifetime collections of the Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan starrer.

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