Bollywood film ‘Dilwale’ starring Shah Rukh Khan and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ starring Ranveer Singh that released on the same date have been going neck to neck. In India, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ has already taken over ‘Dilwale’ in the race of box office collections. The film started off as the underdog, but has managed to leave ‘Dilwale’ behind in the race after its second weekend. Similarly, even in the worldwide collections, the gap between the two films is reducing drastically as ‘Dilwale’ was leading by a huge margin during first weekend. But with the Christmas factor and immense word of mouth, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is catching up in overseas market as well.
After the initial three days of the first weekend, the gap between ‘Dilwale’ and Bajirao Mastani’s overseas collections was huge, difference was Rs. 65 crores net approx. ‘Dilwale’ had worldwide collections of Rs. 145 crores net approx, whereas ‘Bajirao Mastani’ had collections of Rs. 90 crores net approx. In Indian collection of ‘Dilwale VS Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Dilwale’ has current total to Rs. 118.75 crores net approx (Rs. 1.18 billion) and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ has Rs. 123.25 crores net approx (Rs. 1.23 billion) after 11 days at the box office.
Similarly, after the 12 day run at the box office, the worldwide collections of both the films stands at Rs. 284 crores net approx for ‘Dilwale’ and Rs. 250 crores net approx for ‘Bajirao Mastani’. Which means there is a gap of only Rs. 34 crores net approx left, which can be covered in the following weekend, as no new films are releasing and the New Year holiday factor also prevails. So not only in India, but in overseas also ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is slowly catching up pace and by the end, both the films will be neck-to-neck by a very close margin. Now we will find out who actually won the race only after the lifetime business of both the films come in.