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Furious 7 beats Byomkesh in the box-office race

Furious 7 or Byomkesh: Who will win at the box-office?

According to a report on Boxoffice, the Hollywood multi-starrer Furious 7 has beaten Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshsy! at the domestic box office. With Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead r1ole, Banerjee's film managed to rake in Rs 14.25 crore (approx) on the first weekend but Furious 7 collected Rs 48 crore nett in four days, the report further added. Furious 7, which had a huge star cast including the likes of Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker, is touted to be one of the biggest hits in recent times and has managed to create wonders at the domestic box office too.

Here's a look at how both the films did on their opening weekends.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! and Furious 7 compete with each other at the box-office this week. With the extended weekend holidays, both films have a fair chance of making it big at the ticket windows. Furious 7 is a part of The Fast And The Furious franchise and has loyal fan following. All of the film's six parts have been box-office successes and even the seventh one seems promising enough. Dibaker Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, on the other hand, is a detective drama that has the potential to become a franchise. The reviews for both the films have been great so far and it now remains to be seen as to how both fare at the box-office. Here's how the films managed to do on their opening day.

Furious 7 has an edge over Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! as it had released on Thursday, April 2 which was a government holiday on the account of Mahavir Jayanti. Besides, the film already has a huge fan-following in India. Loyals, who have watched each and every edition of the film, wait for every part with a bated breath and would have surely not missed out on the film on the day of its release. Since Paul Walker had passed away while filming for Furious 7, the sympathy angle will also help the film garner attention.

What also seems to be working in favour of the film is the fact that it has received more screens than YRF's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Talking about the same, exhibitor and distributor, Akshaye Rathi says that Furious 7 is the first Hollywood film to receive such a wide release in India. "Hollywood films have a rule that dictates that they can release only in theatres using the 2K Resolution Projection system but Furious 7 decided to break the mould and opted to instead release it in all the theatres. As a result of this, the film has released in about 2300 screens as opposed to the meagre 950-1000 screens that Hollywood films usually opt for. This has ensured that the already popular film gets a good response at the ticket windows," explains Akshaye.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is Yash Raj Film's latest offering. Their last release, Dum Laga Ke Haisha was declared a hit after it managed to build upon its business with every passing week thanks to a positive word-of-mouth. The makers have apparently planned a similar release strategy for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, that narrates the tale of a detective. The film that stars Sushant Singh Rajput has opened in about 1200 screens which seems to be part of a calculated move to let the film grow on the audience. The makers would, in all probabilities, increase the number of screens once the film picks up.

While the film has opened to rave reviews, the box-office figures have been average. According to Manoj Desai, owner of G7 multiplex, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is yet to pick up and he hopes that the reviews will help the fate of the film. "The film has opened to 60-70 per cent occupancy. While the reviews for the film are extremely positive, the audience finds the pace of the film to be a bit slow. However, we are hoping that the film will benefit from the positive word-of-mouth and pick up over the weekend," reasons Manoj.
- Ankita Chaurasia 

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