Race 3 hit theatres on Friday amid much fanfare that always accompanies a Salman Khan film. And Race 3 is anyway no ordinary film, it is an iteration in a popular action-thriller franchise – Race. Ten years after the first Race hit screens, the third film in the series comes loaded with big stars like Salman, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem and Freddy Daruwala.
On its opening day the film has done a business of Rs 29.17 crore. Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh shared the collection of the film on his Twitter handle. He tweeted, “#Race3 records a GIGANTIC START, despite pre-Eid making a dent in its business… Emerges the BIGGEST OPENER of 2018 [so far]… Fri ₹ 29.17 cr. India biz… With #Eid festivities commencing today [Sat], #Race3 is expected to post MASSIVE NUMBERS.”
#Race3 records a GIGANTIC START, despite pre-Eid making a dent in its business… Emerges the BIGGEST OPENER of 2018 [so far]… Fri ₹ 29.17 cr. India biz… With #Eid festivities commencing today [Sat], #Race3 is expected to post MASSIVE NUMBERS.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 16, 2018
Releasing on the joyous occasion of Eid, the Remo D’Souza directorial was expected to earn around Rs 30 crore on the first day. Trade analyst Girish Johar had earlier said, “Eid hasn’t been announced as of now still Salman’s charm is working on his fans. Also, Anil Kapoor has left the audience excited for the film and Race 3 is expected to earn Rs 30 crore on its opening day.” He also predicted that the film should cross the Rs 100 crore mark over the opening weekend. Race 3 is releasing on 3500 screens.
When asked if Race 3 will be able to best Salman’s last film Tiger Zinda Hai, Johar said, “It cannot be said as the advance booking for the Ali Abbas Zafar film began much before the release of the film but bookings for Race 3 have just begun.”
The record for the highest opener this year goes to Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War at Rs 31.3 crore. Race 3 has failed to beat the Marvel tentpole superhero film.
The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta had given a negative review of the film, noting, “Race 3 is nothing but a recycled bin of too many car chases, explosions, buffed up characters strutting in slo-mo, and wilted lines. The same character who had a ‘bad feeling’, also uses the word ‘so tacky’. Well, what else would you call a film which doesn’t do justice to its finest asset, Anil Kapoor? The superbly fit Kapoor is a left-over from the previous Race flicks, and he was an absolute hoot in both.”