Though three weeks remain for the release of Bajrangi Bhaijaan (the film arrives on Thursday, 16th July), calculations have already begun. While it is pretty much a given that the film would be releasing on the highest screen count ever for a Salman Khan starrer, there are many records of his own that the Superstar would be aiming to break. These are as follows (only for Indian theatrical):
Biggest Opening Day – Ek Tha Tiger (33 crore)
Highest First Three Days collections (Kick – 83.85 crore)
Highest First Week collections (Kick – 164.21 crore)
Biggest Lifetime Total (232 crore)
Though Ek Tha Tiger had taken a record breaking opening, the film was released on Wednesday and hence the collections dipped on Thursday and Friday, before escalating again over the weekend. On the other hand Kick (which released on Friday) couldn’t beat the opening day number of Ek Tha Tiger but saw constant escalation over the weekend, only to register its highest number (28.89 crore) on Eid, which fell on Tuesday. This resulted in an all time high First Week collections for Kick (164.21 crore).
While Ek Tha Tiger had fell agonizingly short of 200 crore mark by just 1 crore, Kick continued to fetch good collections after its excellent opening week, and settled down at the 232 crore, hence emerging as the biggest Salman Khan starrer till date.
Now that Bajrangi Bhaijaan is releasing on Thursday, 16th July, one waits to see if Opening Day record of Ek Tha Tiger and First Three Days record of Kick would be broken. These would be the first two milestones for the Kabir Khan directed film to cross, before one begins to track Highest First Week and Biggest Lifetime collections.
The countdown has begun!
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