Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal saw its box office fortunes stabilize on its third Saturday after a decline in the second week. As per Sacnilk’s report, the film earned Rs 13 crore domestically, bringing its total collection to Rs 498.14 crore. With a Hindi occupancy of 22.14% and Telugu occupancy of 23.81%, Animal remains on track to surpass the Rs 800 crore mark globally, currently sitting at Rs 796 crore.
The film initially enjoyed a strong run at the box office, but faced a significant 61% drop on the 11th day, earning Rs 13.85 crore. This trend continued in the second week, with single-digit earnings on Thursday and Friday.
Animal faces competition from Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur, but it saw a positive uptick during its third weekend. The film showed growth on Saturday and may see similar momentum on Sunday. The upcoming weeks see a major box office clash, with Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki facing off against Prabhas’ Salaar. Both films carry star power and potential, setting the stage for an exciting box office battle.
Animal, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor, and Rashmika Mandanna, sparked diverse reactions upon its release. While it achieved record-breaking box office success, it also received mixed reviews and faced criticism for its portrayal of violence and misogyny.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ranjeet Ranjan raised concerns about the film’s content in Parliament, stating that it ‘justified violence and misogyny’ and caused distress to young viewers. This incident highlighted the ongoing debate surrounding responsible filmmaking and the impact of violent content on audiences.
While Animal raked in record-breaking figures, the criticism surrounding its graphic violence and potentially misogynistic themes resonated with a segment of the audience. Some viewers applauded the film’s raw portrayal of human nature, while others argued it crossed boundaries, desensitizing viewers to brutality and perpetuating harmful gender stereotypes. This starkly divided reception fueled discussions on the responsibility of filmmakers in exploring dark themes while balancing artistic expression with social sensitivity.