Industry is confident that the Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan-starrer will rake in Rs 40 crore on day one
Opening day collections of a film give a strong signal for its perform in the coming days. Trade experts estimate that the multi-starrer Thugs of Hindostan is likely to mint anything between Rs 40-50 crore which will be a feat for a Bollywood offering.
For a long time, Diwali has been dominated by Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan and the former is part of Thugs of Hindostan which could be a plus for the film. Also, Aamir Khan has a strong following in the southern parts of India which could help the movie get more footfalls where the film see strong competition from Tamil biggie Sarkar.
This year’s big-ticket films like Padmaavat, Sanju, Race 3 and Baaghi grossed Rs 18.21 crore, Rs 34.19 crore, Rs 27.69 crore and Rs 25 crore, respectively on an opening day.
While the industry is confident that the Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan-starrer will rake in Rs 40 crore on day one, anything more than that will set a record for opening day collections by a Bollywood venture.
Apart from 2018 releases, very few films over the years have been able to score high on day one. Among the highest grossing Indian films, only Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has been able to touch the Rs 40 crore mark. Other films on the list such as Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, all Salman Khan-starrer, earned Rs 36.59 crore, Rs 34.12 crore and Rs 26.67 crore, respectively.
Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year is another Diwali release that ranks 17 on the list of highest grossing Indian films, which managed a strong opening with collections to the tune of Rs 36.31 crore.
The advance booking for Thugs of Hindostan paints a rosy picture for opening day box office collection. The pre-sales for the film began on November 3 and around two lakh tickets were sold on the first day, according to Bollywood news portal Box Office India.
The film’s pre-sales on day one is better than Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai, Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju and Hollywood offering Avengers - Infinity War. However, it is less than what Baahubali 2: The Conclusion received on the opening day of pre-sales.
Theatre chains like PVR, Inox and Cinepolis witnessed an estimated sale of 50,000 tickets which is a rare feat, especially on day one. The Box Office India report also adds that opening day advance for Thugs of Hindostan is at a record pace or very close to it after the first day.
Markets in north India such as Uttar Pradesh and Delhi are seeing strong advance bookings in single screen theatres. Single screens in Uttar Pradesh will see full occupancy, the report said. Delhi’s prominent theatre Delite sold 5,000 tickets in a few hours.
In Pune, advance booking for Thugs of Hindostan is better than Avengers: Infinity War, according to Koimoi report, a Bollywood entertainment website.
The report also said that the pre-sales for the film in Bengaluru was ordinary till November 6, which was the first day of Diwali in southern India. However, on the second day of Diwali the advance booking has picked up the pace, rising to 50 percent on November 7 from 30 percent on November 6.(All numbers are sourced from Box Office India and Koimoi)