Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted:
#WelcomeBack packs a SOLID punch. Fri 14.35 cr, Sat 17.05 cr, Sun 19.60 cr. Total: Rs 51 cr. India biz. EXTRAORDINARY!? taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 7, 2015
The film is also doing brisk business abroad:
#WelcomeBack is EXCELLENT in international markets too. Collects $ 3.21 million [Rs 21.38 cr] in its opening weekend.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 7, 2015
With its opening weekend numbers, Welcome Back joins the slowly expanding list of other big hitters of the year - Baahubali, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Piku, Brothers, Gabbar Is Back, Dil Dhadakne Do, ABCD 2 and Phantom. (Read Review: Welcome Back)
The film is a sequel to 2007 hit Welcome and is directed by Anees Bazmee. Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Paresh Rawal return as Majnu Pandey, Uday Shetty and Dr Ghunghroo. Additions to the cast include John Abraham as Ajju Bhai, Shruti Haasan, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Shiney Ahuja.
The last quarter of the year will likely deliver more good news for Bollywood in the form of high-profile films like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Jazbaa, Salman Khan's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale and two films starring Deepika Padukone - Tamasha with Ranbir Kapoor and Bajirao Mastani with Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra.