Last week it was predicted that ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ would comfortably double Rs. 14 crore (Rs. 140 million) opening day of ‘ABCD 2’. That was pretty much done with Rs. 27.27 crore (Rs. 272.7 million) coming in for the Kabir Khan directed film. It was also predicted that the film would cross the Rs. 30 crore (Rs. 300 million) mark on Friday. While this didn’t really happen (and good credit for that must go to ‘Bahubali’ that is still going strong in Hindi belt as well, in addition to South, which did take away some part of the audience for sure), the collections were still super solid, hence surpassing ‘Kick’ (Rs. 26.5 crore – Rs. 265 million). As for Independence Day record of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ (Rs. 33 crore – Rs. 330 million), it stays intact.
However, and as was pretty much on the cards, the film gained very good critical acclaim and also out and out positive response from the audience, hence resulting in very good word of mouth spreading all over. Moreover, with Eid falling on Saturday, the real magic was waiting to happen. No wonder, there was a very good push in occupancy from Saturday morning itself, which reached its crescendo by the time Sunday evening came through. There was no stopping the film, what with the weekend collections crossing the Rs. 102.6 crore (Rs. 1.026 billion) mark. Surpassing Kick (Rs. 84 crore – Rs. 840 million), this is also the highest weekend ever for Salman.
From this point on, it is all about consolidation for the Salman Khan starrer as sky is the limit for it. There is no competition whatsoever till 30th July (when ‘Drishyam’ and ‘Bangistan’ hit the screens). With a solid run expected right through these two weeks, Eros are set to top their biggest grosser so far, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ (Rs. 152 crore – Rs. 1.52 billion), in one week flat. From this point on, the march towards the Rs. 200 crore (Rs. 2 billion) mark would be a cakewalk.
Film industry indeed has a reason to smile now with a flurry of successes, what with ‘Bahubali’ as well as ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ doing wonders at the box office in back to back weeks.