7 months and nearly 50 films later, Ek Villain Returns has found an entry among the top 10 weekends of 2022 for Hindi films. That actually also counts the southern dubbed movies that did well this year, and even then, EVR is among the best of the lot. If we remove Prashant Neel’s KGF Chapter 2 and SS Rajamouli’s RRR from the list, the Mohit Suri-directed film will go even higher up the charts.
Audiences still have a mind of their own and chose to give Ek Villain Returns a dekko even before its release. It wasn’t like there was substantial advance booking since that’s mostly for multiplexes. On the simple screens, booking in advance is as low as there is booking in progress, which is more widespread there. This is the reason why even though the morning shows did not show much on Friday, with attendance remaining low, things also changed from the afternoon when word of mouth started to spread. spread and therein lies the victory.
This was also seen in the way Sunday went up and as a result, there was no doubt that Ek Villain Returns would have solid numbers by the end of the day. Sure, anything in the neighborhood of 10 crore would have been great, but when back then 9 million don’t arrive for the majority of movies even over a full weekend, EVR managed to get 9.02 crores. As for the weekend 23.54 crore, it’s far better than even the lifetime of several Bollywood biggies that have come out this year.
In the meantime, here is the list of the 10 best weekend openings of 2022:
KGF Chapter 2 [Hindi] – 143.64 crore
RRR [Hindi] – 75.57 crores
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 – 55.96 crore
Samrat Prithviraj- 39.40 crores
Gangubai Kathiawadi – 39.12 crores
Jug Jugg Jeeyo- 36.93 crore
Bachchan Paandey – 36.17 crore
Shamshera- 31.75 crore
The Kashmir Files – 27.15 crore
The Return of Villain Ek – 23.54 crore
Now what needs to be seen is where does Ek Villain Returns land on the charts after finishing its first week at the box office.
Note: All collections according to production and distribution sources
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