Mumbai: Instead of having a ban in Pakistan, Salman Khan’s Eid release, Ek Tha Tiger (ETT), has already crossed the Rs. 100 crore mark.
The film, released on August 15, opened with a record-breaking Rs. 33 cr, a lead of Rs. 11 cr over the Rs. 22 cr that Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepath raked in earlier this year.
Produced by the Yash Raj banner and directed by Kabir Khan, ETT was in news also for its pairing as it was the first film that Salman and Katrina signed post their break up in 2010.
Expectations were also high from the film as three of Salman’s previous films-‘Dabangg’, ‘Ready’ and Bodyguard’, were declared blockbusters.
Trade pundits are hoping that ETT would break the record of ’3 Idiots’ which had grossed more than 200 crores at the Box Office.
“ETT will reach the Rs. 200 cr mark with ease. It’s in the same league as 3 Idiots (2009). Its box-office performance has been exceptional. Also, the coming days will see a reasonably high collection from up north.” Ask Big Cinemas COO Ashish Saxena said
“Our advance bookings were sold out since before the film released. Besides, the coming weekend will also work hugely in its favour.”
Prakhar Joshi, exhibitor, PVR Cinemas says, “We expected this film to do well from the beginning. There may be a slight drop in the coming days, but the weekend will make up for it. That will determine whether the film makes Rs. 200 cr or not.”
Salman, who has been having Eid releases for the past few years, had ensured that ETT gets released on Eid this year. While the collections continue to increase every day, one thing is for sure, that Salman has cemented his place in the industry and can easily be called the undisputed king of Bollywood.