Again it's Hollywood vs Bollywood at Indian box offices. Hollywood flick, "The Wolverine" has outperformed all new Hindi releases, including "Issaq", "Nasha" and "Bajatey Raho".
The 3D film, "The Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman has opened up to a very good start at the domestic box office and is dominating the market by a big margin.
"The Wolverine" opened to more than 50 percent occupancy at theaters across the country and raked in ₹3.15 crore on the opening day.
"As expected, Hollywood overpowers Bollywood at the domestic BO. #TheWolverine collects ₹3.15 cr nett on Fri [all languages]," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
However, Bollywood releases like "Issaq", "Nasha" and "Bajatey Raho" opened to poor occupancy in domestic market. Amongst the three, "Bajatey Raho" starring Vinay Pathak Tusshar Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey, Ravi Kishan and Dolly Ahluwalia in important roles, fared better than the other two films. On the opening day, the film made a collection of approximately ₹1.5 crore.
Poonam Pandey's debut film, "Nasha" landed up at the second position after earning approximately ₹1.2 crore on the opening day. Amit Saxena's directed erotic thriller opened to dull response but picked up in the evening. Collection-wise, the erotic thriller, which received negative reviews from the critics, performed well in East India.
Third film, "Issaq" starring Prateik Babbar and Amyra Dastur in the lead also, opened to lukewarm response. The film based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" play earned around ₹90 lakh to ₹1 crore on the first day.