John Abraham's action drama "Rocky Handsome" was released on Good Friday holiday, but the film failed to translate the holiday buzz into a good opening day at the box office. On the other hand, Punjabi film "Ambarsariya" registered a strong first day.
The John-starrer, which received negative reviews, had the eighth highest opening day box office collection of 2016. The first day box office business of Nishikant Kamat's action thriller "Rocky Handsome" is Rs 5.29 crore.
"Rocky Handsome" recorded low opening day figure because of strong competition from Hollywood film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and the occupancy was also affected by negative reviews.
"#RockyHandsome Thu previews 1.77 cr, Fri 5.29 cr. Total: â‚¹ 7.06 cr. India biz," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
The film earned Rs 1.77 crore from its paid reviews, which took place before its release. Adding the paid preview figure to its opening day income, the box office collection of "Rocky Handsome" stands at Rs 7.06 crore.
The film, which is based on South Korean film "The Man from Nowhere," features John in the lead role and Shruti Haasan, Nishikant Kamat and Sharad Kelkar as supporting characters.
Punjabi film starring Diljit Dosanjh had a bumper opening in India and in the international markets. The film, which was released in Punjab and National Capital Region, minted Rs 2.1 crore from Indian markets. The film also raked in Rs 99.39 lakh from the overseas box office.
"#BoxOffice #Ambarsariya (Punjabi) starring @diljitdosanjh collects Rs. 2.1 cr on Day 1," trade website Bollywood Hungama tweeted.
The romantic comedy, which has received positive response, minted Â£ 28,213 (Rs 26.65 lakh) from the UK-Ireland box office, A$ 104,269 (Rs 52.33 lakh) from Australia and NZ$ 45,649 (Rs 20.41 lakh) from New Zealand.
"Punjabi film #Ambarsariya takes a FLYING START in key international markets... UK Fri Â£ 28,213 [â‚¹ 26.65 lacs]. Opens at No 12. @Rentrak. Punjabi film #Ambarsariya is TERRIFIC in Australia. Thu A$ 15,069, Fri A$ 89,200. Total: A$ 104,269 [â‚¹ 52.33 lacs]. Opens at No 10. @Rentrak Punjabi film #Ambarsariya is SUPER in New Zealand. Thu NZ$ 10,915, Fri NZ$ 34,734. Total: NZ$ 45,649 [â‚¹ 20.41 lacs]. Opens at No 8. @Rentrak," trade analyst Adarsh tweeted.
"Ambarsariya" is set for a good opening weekend in India as well as at the overseas box office, as the collection will increase over the weekend.
The rom-com, directed by Mandeep Kumar, features Diljit, Navneet Kaur Dhillon, Monica Gill and Lauren Gotliebb in lead roles.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]