Mumbai: Hindi movie Murder 3, the third installment of Makesh Bhatt's Murder series, has topped the collection chart at the Indian Box Office in the first week, beating another new release Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story. But the Randeep Hooda and Aditi Rao Hydari starrer has failed to beat the opening week record of Murder 2.
Murder 3, which is one of the much-hyped and most-awaited movies of 2013, was expected to start with a bang. But the movie opened to an average response at the domestic Box Office and it did not show big improvement in its business over the weekend. It collected Rs 13.31 crores at the desi collection centres in the first weekend. Its breakup is Rs 4.52 cr on Fri, Rs 4.01 cr on Sat and Rs 4.78 cr on Sun.
The Vishesh Bhatt directed flick showed 50% drop in its business on Monday, when compared to its first day collection. It fared reasonably well on other weekdays. Murder 3 has collected Rs 7.55 crores at the domestic Box Office, taking its first week total to Rs 20.86 crores nett. Its breakup is Rs 2.25 cr on Mon, Rs 2.05 cr on Tue, Rs 1.75 cr on Wed and Rs 1.50 cr on Thu.
However, Murder 3 has been made with a budget of Rs 18 crore and it had already recovered Rs 15 crores from satellite and music rights. The film has recovered its production cost on the first day and rest of the money collected from its theatrical run is its nett profit. But it has failed to beat the record of Murder 2, which had collected Rs 36.5 crores nett at the desi Box Office in the first week.