Brahmastra, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt for the first time, finally hit theaters on Friday. The Ayan Mukerji film registered a thunderous opening with collections in the region of €35-36 crore despite posting on a non-holiday. This appears to top the opening day numbers of Ranbir’s highest opening to date, Sanju, which has rallied €34.75 million on the first day of 2018. Also read: Film review of Brahmastra
Good pre-sales had given hope that the film could work wonders on its first day of release in five languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. However, Ranbir had said he couldn’t take the pre-sale figures seriously because “until the audience doesn’t see the film, the game doesn’t start”.
According to a report on Boxofficeindia.com, Brahmastra was making out €35-36 crore net in all its versions, making it the highest non-holiday opening day in history for Hindi original content. The report states that the Hindi version collections will be available €32-33 crore net. It also hinted at overseas collections of around $8 million to $10 million over the weekend.
SS Rajamoulis Bahubali – The Conclusion had the highest opening in a non-holiday with collections of €41 crores. It was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil and dubbed in Hindi.
After the presale for Brahmastra opens, worth tickets €11 crore had been sold by Wednesday evening. These have been regarded as the best pre-sales numbers of any Bollywood film in the post-pandemic era.
However, Brahmastra received mixed reviews from the critics. The Hindustan Times review of the film states: “While the story of Brahmastra was never meant to be straightforward, it is the magic of the VFX (all made in India), the treatment of the astras, and the grandeur of everything surrounding the characters , which make it a visual spectacle and a true cinematic experience to be enjoyed on the big screen.”
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