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Animal box office collection day 20: Ranbir Kapoor-starrer overtakes Gadar 2, Bobby Deol is the highest-grossing Deol of the year

Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Animal has been playing in theatres for nearly three weeks now, and has emerged as one of the biggest hits of the year. On its 20th day of release, the film made Rs 5 crore, as per industry tracker Sacnilk, taking its nett domestic box office collections to Rs 528.69 crore. This takes Animal ahead of Gadar 2, which made Rs 525.45 crore nett in India after its release in August.

Globally, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s film has made over Rs 851 crore, and sits comfortably behind Jawan and Pathaan as the third-biggest Indian film of the year. As Animal enters its fourth week of release, the film is nearing the end of its run. With Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dunki and Prabhas-starrer Salaar releasing in theatres this weekend, Animal will likely lose the majority of its theatres.

Over its three-week run in theatres, Animal generated a lot of controversies for its perceived violent and misogynistic content. In an interview with Connect FM Canada, Vanga lashed out at critics who did not like the film, and said that he wasn’t upset about the criticism because he believed that it was not being done “in the right way.” He said that the critics were choosing to focus on a few details and not speaking about the film in totality. “In a way, I understood their mental status and their IQ… If morality comes into the picture, then you can’t make this film,” he said and added, “If everybody is going to focus just on the morality, we should stop making films. Let’s just make cartoons.”

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Animal has turned out to be the biggest hit of Ranbir Kapoor’s career. Before this, his biggest hit was Rajkumar Hirani’s 2018 film Sanju, which made Rs 342.53 crore in India, and nearly Rs 590 crore worldwide. Vanga said that he could feel a personal hatred for him in some of the film’s reviews, and said, “They’re saying children are walking out of the theatres in tears, high school girls are feeling unsafe; they should not be watching the film, it’s rated A.”

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Animal released alongside Vicky Kaushal-starrer Sam Bahadur, and while the Ranbir Kapoor film had an ‘A’ certificate, it overshadowed Vicky’s ‘U’ rated film completely. Animal is now the biggest ‘A’ rated grosser in the country. Ranbir is yet to announce his next film after Animal, but Vanga has already announced his next three projects. He will now move onto Prabhas-starrer Spirit, followed by a film with Allu Arjun, and then move on to Animal sequel, titled Animal Park.

Animal also stars Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna, Anil Kapoor among others.

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