'Manikarnika' crosses Rs 40 crore in opening weekend

 Mumbai, Jan 28 (IANS) Kangana Ranaut's "Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi" minted Rs 42.55 crore at the box office in its opening weekend.

"Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi", which captures the life story of Rani Laxmibai, released in India on Friday. Kangana essays the role of Rani Lakshmibai.

According to the film's publicist, the movie collected Rs 8.75 crore on day one, Rs 18.1 crore on day two and Rs 15.70 crore on day three -- taking the total to Rs 42.55 crore.

The movie is doing "exceptionally well" in Delhi NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. Gujarat has seen more than 100 per cent growth over Saturday-Sunday, read the statement.

Distributed internationally by Zee Studios International, the film has collected $1.55 million on its release weekend across markets.

Released in over 50 countries, the film has managed to be ranked amongst the top 20 in Australia and top 15 in NZF over the weekend. Growth-wise, the US, Singapore, the UK and ANZ have recorded a worthy increase on Saturday and Sunday compared to their numbers on Friday with 80 per cent, 66 per cent, 55 per cent and 25 per cent growth respectively.

As per trade expert Taran Adarsh, the film had an excellent weekend.

Commenting on the opening numbers, Vibha Chopra, Head at Zee Studios International (Film Marketing, Distribution, and Acquisition), said: "The film showcases heroism, sacrifice and the strength of a woman. Audiences around the world have connected with these emotions. The film is the widest international release in the genre and is continuing to gain momentum in week two.

"Unconventional markets like the Netherlands and Belgium have shown great numbers as well. The film has also ranked number 20 in Australia and number 15 in NZF over the weekend."

Produced by Zee Studios in association with Jain and Nishant Pitti, the movie also features Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Danny Denzongpa.