The film's business, however, has been heavily impacted by protests and cancelling of shows...
The Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Kajol and Kriti Sanon-starrer, Dilwale opened very well yesterday and the film had a very good occupancy (90-100 per cent at single screens and 80-90 per cent at multiplexes) throughout yesterday, but it seems the division of screens with Bajirao Mastani has affected its box office earnings. Our Trade Analyst, Akshaye Rathi, had predicted that the film will earn close to 26-27 cr on its opening day but it could only bring in 21 crore on its first Friday. A lot is due to the cancelling of shows and protests as well.
The lesser number of screens and the cancellation of a few shows due to protests has affected the film, however it has still performed very well in such conditions. The film earned Rs 21 crore even though they got lesser number of screens than Bajirao Mastani. BM on the other hand, only earned Rs 12.80 crore, meaning that Dilwale has left it far behind in the box office battle. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, "#Dilwale Fri Rs 21 cr. India biz. VERY GOOD, in view of the fact that screens/shows got divided + protests/show cancellations at places."
It is reported that the film has recorded very good collections in the East and South zones of India and now stands as the third highest opener of Bollywood in 2015, after Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The family viewing audience has loved the film. In fact, Dilwale has performed very well at the overseas box office, earning a combined total of Rs 9.22 crore from UAE, UK and Australia. It recorded the highest collections for a Hindi film in UAE too, which is Rs 5.96 crore.
The film has received mixed reviews, but it will continue to perform well over the weekend. As Rajender Singh Jyala, VP of programming and distribution for Inox, revealed to us, "Dilwale has opened well. It is a masala entertainer for the masses and hence, it will do very well at the box office."
Stay tuned to more updates about the box office collections of both Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani.
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