Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan‘s Fighter has taken flight at the box office, defying earlier expectations. The Siddharth Anand directorial experienced a remarkable surge in earnings during its second weekend, overtaking its box office records and leaving fans and critics in awe.

Check out one of the trade analysts’ reactions to the surge here:

Fighter box office collection day 11: Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan’s movie earns $21 million

After a somewhat subdued start during the weekdays, Fighter gained substantial momentum in its second weekend. According to industry tracker Sacnilk, the box office collection witnessed a commendable jump, totaling $3.3 million for the second weekend. The film kicked off the weekend with $692K on Friday and achieved the $1.2 million mark on Saturday, further reaching new heights on Sunday with a staggering $1.5 million.

This upward trajectory has propelled Fighter’s overall box office figures to an impressive $21.1 million. What initially seemed like a daunting task now appears achievable as Fighter gears up to cross the coveted $24 million mark domestically. Globally, the film’s gross is approaching $36 million, marking a significant milestone for Fighter.

However, not all is smooth sailing for the film. Director Siddharth Anand recently found himself embroiled in a social media storm due to his unconventional claims regarding the film’s lackluster performance. In a recent interview, Anand attributed the struggle to connect with the Indian audience to the film’s unique setting in the world of aviation.

He stated, “Fighter is a huge leap. It’s a space that is unexplored and absolutely new for the Indian audience. If you realize, there is a huge percentage of our country… I would say 90% who have not flown in planes! Who has not been to an airport! So how do you expect them to know what’s happening in the air?”

This unconventional rationale sparked a social media frenzy, with users taking a humorous approach to criticize the director.

As it is now, Fighter is gearing up for its second Monday, and all eyes are on how the film will continue to perform in its second week.

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