Farhan Akhtar-Sonam Kapoor's "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" has opened to a decent start at the domestic box office, thanks to positive word of mouth.
"Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" picked up well in the evening in almost all circuits on Friday. According to early reports, the Farhan-starrer has grossed more than ₹9 crore including Thursday's preview collections that is pegged at ₹1.05 crore.
"Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" first day collection is better than the recently-released films including "Lootera" - over ₹5 crore, "Raanjhanaa" - ₹5 crore, "Ghanchakkar" - around ₹7.2 crore and "Yamla Pagla Deewana 2"- approximately ₹7 crore.
It remains to be seen if the film would be able to beat "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", which fetched a whopping ₹19 crore on the first day of its release in Indian markets.
"#BhaagMilkhaBhaag had an amazing pick up in evening/night shows on Fri. Early trends suggest 8 cr start... Thu previews: 1.05 cr," film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" is a film inspired by the legendary Indian athlete, Milkha Singh's life journey. The biographical sports film opened with average 40-45 percent collections at multiplexes in India, but showed an upward trend in the afternoon and evening.
The film's business was good in Delhi and east Punjab. It recorded one of the best openings in east Punjab fetching ₹1.17 crore. But its collections were poor in Uttar Pradesh, according to Boxofficeindia.com. Good word of mouth is expected to give a big boost to its weekend collection. The first weekend business is expected to be around ₹30 crore nett.