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Hiranis's Sanju becomes the biggest opener of 18, leaves behind Race 3

Mumbai. Breaking the record held by Salman Khan’s film Race 3, Sanju has become the biggest opener of 2018 so far. The Ranbir Kapoor starrer has opened to a collection of Rs 34.75 crore and has become the first non-holiday release after Baahubali to get such a massive opening at the ticket counters. Salman’s Race 3 cashed upon the festive holiday of Eid and earned Rs 29.17 crore on its Day 1.

Sanju, a film based on the life of Sanjay Dutt is helmed by Rajkumar Hirani. While the biopic is Ranbir’s first movie to have got such a gigantic reception at the box office, the film is also Hirani’s top opener. His last release PK starring Aamir Khan opened with a collection of Rs 26.63 crore.

Race 3 sailed through the bad reviews owing to the stardom of Salman. It achieved the feat of Rs 100 crore within three days of its release. But unlike the action-thriller, Sanju has been received well by the audience and the movie critics. Now with a positive word of mouth, it is expected to cross the 100-crore mark soon. Trade pundits have already predicted that Sanju will enter the coveted 100 crore club in its opening weekend itself. Trade Analyst Girish Johar in a conversation with indianexpress.com also predicted that with brand Hirani and Ranbir associated with Sanju, the film will have a great opening.

Interestingly, the first-day collection of Sanju has left behind Marvel’s crossover extravaganza Avengers: Infinity War as well. The superhero film earned Rs Rs 31.30 crore at the Indian box office on Day 1. After breaking the record of two big-ticket releases of 2018, now it stands to be seen what other records will the Ranbir Kapoor film write in its name.

 

Courtsey - The Indian Express.