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Sultan opening box office collections: Salman Khan’s Eid release is 2016’s biggest film

Sultan opening box office collection: The Eid release of Salman Khan has done massive business at BO on day 1. The film is the biggest opener of the year, leaving Shah Rukh's Fan behind.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: July 8, 2016 3:41:36 pm
Sultan opening box office collection, sultan, sultan movie, salman khan, Anushka Sharma, sultan images Sultan opening box office collection: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma movie has become this year’s highest opener with Rs 36.54 crore in ticket sales on Wednesday.

Sultan has managed to fulfill box office predictions. The Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma film got a massive response, becoming this year’s highest opener at the box office with Rs 36.54 crore business on first day of its release.

Sultan is just going to get bigger with Eid holiday on July 7 and the weekend which follows it. Industry experts predict the Salman movie will do a business of over Rs 150 crore during the five-day weekend. Initial reports say that theatres are going house-full on Thursday and excellent reviews are just adding to Sultan’s buzz.

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According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film has proved its supremacy at the box office with the “mind-boggling” business on day one. Adarsh has predicted a “historic” five-day weekend for the film.

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While this is not Salman’s biggest first day collection ever, Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo having earned Rs 40.35 crore in 2015, it is still the highest opening of this year. Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan is a distant second with Rs 19.2 crore business at the BO.

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The much awaited Eid release of the year features Salman as a Haryanvi wrestler. “The film is doing extraordinary business across the country. The opening is like hurricane. Everyone is loving it, be it the story, the songs and Salman, of course, is a treat to watch in Sultan,” distributor Akshay Rathi said.

“The film is doing exceptionally well in North India like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab,” he said. Rathi predicted that the sports drama film will do Rs 150 crore business,” he added.

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Another film distributor, Rajesh Thadani said, “The film has opened really well, just as expected. It will make record breaking collection in its weekend which will be around Rs 150 crore.”

Both Rathi and Thadani feel even though Sultan leaked online, it will not affect the business of the Dabangg star’s film.

Manoj Desai, executive director, Gaiety Galaxy and Maratha Mandir Cinema, says the audience’s reactions to the film have been electrifying, but noted that as Eid’s date was shifted, the collections on Wednesday were affected.

“The word-of-mouth for the film is exceptional. Our 1000-seater theatres are almost full, people are clapping and whistling. But since Eid was shifted, it has affected the business. Other than that, everything is going great for the film,” Desai said.

The Ali Abbas Zafar-directed film has opened well at single screens and multiplexes, with ticket pricing at Desai’s theatre properties being at Rs 100-120, while that at the multiplexes it ranges anywhere from Rs 300 to above Rs 500.

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