Mumbai, May 20 - It was an excellent week for the regional movies at the box office. Amid the biggies taking the center stage, the Punjabi movie "Saunkan Saunkne" and Marathi film "Dharmaveer" stood apart and scored blockbuster opening week.
"Saunkan Saunkne", starring Ammy Virk, Sargun Mehta, and Nimrat Khaira in the leading roles, scored the second-highest opening week ever for a Punjabi movie with 16.40 crores net. "Shadaa" remains the biggest grosser with approx. 17 crore net.
Directed by Amarjit Singh Saron, "Saunkan Saunkne" started excellently well and scored the biggest opening weekend with 9.65 crores net. The movie held really well over the weekdays, in fact, it was better than Bollywood biggie "Jayeshbhai Jordaar" in the first week, which is a phenomenal achievement for regional film. Overseas, "Saunkan Saunkne" grossed approx. 10.8 crores, pushing the total worldwide gross to excellent 30.10 crores.
While "Saunkan Saunkne" has had a record-breaking opening week, Marathi film "Dharmaveer" wasn't too far and minted Rs. 13.87 crores net in over the opening week. The day-wise growth of the film at the box office was fantastic as it remained strong throughout the week.
Directed by Pravin Tarde, the movie follows a larger-than-life messiah for thousands, Anand Dighe aka Dharmaveer. He was considered a powerful muscleman in Thane and would hold a daily Durbar at his Tembhi Naka residence to hear out/resolve issues faced by Thane citizens along with Shiv Sena party workers.