The film's mass appeal might help it make a new record...
Dilwale, directed by Rohit Shetty, was always expected to have a cracker of an opening. The film's mass appeal and amazing star cast appealed to the audience from day one and the film opened with 90-100 per cent occupancies in single screen cinemas, while it had about 85-95 per cent occupancy at the multiplexes.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo also had a similar, but a little less occupancy (80-90 per cent) on the opening day, even though it was a holiday. But, it has to be noted that Prem Ratan Dhan Payo had more number of screens as compared to Dilwale. However, trade suggests that there is a good chance that Dilwale will have a better opening in most of the circuits in India, especially big cities.
Rajender Singh Jyala, VP of programming and distribution for Inox, revealed to us yesterday, "Dilwale has opened well. It is a masala entertainer for the masses and hence, it will do very well at the box office."
On the other hand, things are going pretty slow for Bajirao Mastani. The film has done well, but not as compared to Dilwale. Both the films managed to get a good number of screens, but the occupancy of Bajirao Mastani was 65-75 per cent at single screens and 60-70 per cent at multiplexes. Many shows were cancelled in Pune, from where they expected to do good business, after protests from political organisations. Bajirao Mastani will do well in Maharashtra, but there is doubt about other key markets.
It remains to be seen if Bajirao Mastani will be able to match Dilwale. Also, if Dilwale will be able to beat Prem Ratan Dhan Payo's opening day figures. What do you think about both the scenarios? Tell us in the comments section below!
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