The Kangana Ranaut film Manikarnika is leading the race at the box-office. The first-weekend box office collection domestic of Manikarnika was Rs 42.55. Whereas the Nawazuddin Siqqiqui film Thackeray only managed Rs 24 crore at the box office

With this, Manikarnika becomes the highest weekend grosser of the year surpassing Vicky Kaushal’s Uri-the surgical strike which collected Rs. 35.73 crores over its first weekend.

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Manikarnika – the Queen of Jhansi

08.75 crores

 18.10 crores 

15.70 crores 

Thackeray

4 crores

9 crores

6.90 crores

Manikarnika is Kangana‘s personal best weekend grosser as well. On Sunday, the film crossed the weekend total of Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Tanu had collected Rs 38.10 crore in its first weekend at the cinema and was Kangana’s highest weekend grosser until Manikarnika came along.

Along for Republic day weekend coupled with a strong patriotic fervour and good word of mouth publicity made sure that Kangana’s actor-director venture bore fruit.

Meanwhile, in a cinema hall, next door the Nawazuddin biopic on Shiv Sena supremo Thackeray hasn’t been doing too badly at the box office either. On Friday, the movie collected Rs 6 crore becoming the highest opening grosser for Nawazuddin most of the collection coming from Maharashtra. Thereafter on Saturday, collections fro Thackeray grew to Rs 10 crore. And on Sunday the movie collected Rs 6.90 crore at the box office. Totally The Nawazuddin film Thackeray collected Rs 22.90 crore at the box office. However in terms of competition Thackeray was way below the collection of Manikarnika

The question to be seen, will Manikarnika be Kangana Ranaut’s top all-time grosser a position currently held by her film Tanu Weds Manu Returns which made Rs 152 crore at the box office.

This is a litmus test for Kangana Ranaut, as well as Manikarnika, has been made at a big cost of Rs 120 crore, will Kangana’s heroic act as Rani Lakshmibai be able to attract the audience to the cinema the coming days will tell but meanwhile the film has got off to a strong start. 

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