We all saw it coming that Sidharth Malhotra's Aiyaary will face stiff competition from Marvel's Black Panther as they clash at the domestic box office today (February 16). And looks like we were bang on! In fact, according to our trade expert - Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor), Black Panther has opened extremely well, while Aiyaary has managed a slow start on day 1. Surprising isn't it? But it's true!
As Akshaye revealed to us exclusively, "Black Panther has opened extremely well, especially in the urban centres. It is a Marvel movie and every Marvel movie comes with a lot of expectations and anticipation, and Black Panther is no exception to it. The film received rave reviews internationally, which has given rise to a phenomenal word of mouth publicity, that certainly travels to the audience who follow Hollywood films. So that is a good scenario. Aiyaary, on the other hand, is resting on the merit and credibility of Neeraj Pandey who is pretty much the driving force of the film. He has an ability to deliver fantastic films one after the other. Aiyaary does lack the star power of a name like Akshay Kumar, whom Neeraj Pandey always had or else a subject like Dhoni, that generated so much interest. So here the film is relying on a good word of mouth publicity, which I am sure will happen. It was never meant to be a great opener like Dhoni or his films with Akshay Kumar." (ALSO READ - Black Panther BEATS Aiyaary in the morning box office occupancy on day 1)
Talking about the exact opening occupancy that both the films have managed, Akshaye further added, "Released in 800 - 1000 screens or so, Black Panther has managed to register a 60 to 70 percent occupancy in some places and 25 - 30 percent in some places. So you can say it has garnered an average occupancy of 40 - 50 percent in the morning shows across India. On the other hand, Aiyaary has registered just 15 - 20 percent occupancy across 1750 screens in the morning shows across India."
Anyway, which film will you guys watch this weekend - Black Panther or Aiyaary? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to BollywoodLife as we get you all the dope and updates about both the films right here.
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