Karan Johar's latest production 2 States, which is based on Chetan Bhagat's 2009 best-seller novel with the same name, has concluded the first weekend with a brilliant collection at the Indian Box Office. Considering its hype and screen count, trade experts had predicted that Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer would surpass Rs 50 crore mark in the domestic market in three days, but it has failed to achieve this magical number.
The Abhishek Varman-directed 2 States, which released in 2000 screens on April 18, received an overwhelming response with its occupancy ranging between 80% and 95% in both single screens and multiplexes on its opening day - Good Friday holiday. The movie also ran to packed houses in some centre. With its superb collection on the first day, the film became the third highest opener of 2014 after Jai Ho and Gunday.
Having garnered a positive response from both film critics and audience, 2 States was expected to show a big jump in its numbers on Saturday, but it could not. However, it witnessed growth on Sunday, but was not upto the mark. The movie has collected Rs 38.06 crores nett at the Indian Box Office in the first weekend. Its breakup is Rs 12.42 cr on Fri, Rs 12.13 cr on Sat and Rs 13.51 cr on Sun. Trade experts describe its domestic business 'excellent'.
Made with a whopping budget of Rs 45 crores, 2 States has successfully recovered 80% of its production cost in just three days. Arjun Kapoor's previous release Gunday, which released on February 14, had collected Rs 43.93 crores nett at the Indian Box Office in the first weekend. His new outing 2 States was expected to break this record, but it has failed to do so.