Salman Khan has raised the bar in the game of box office collections at Bollywood with his latest film "Ek Tha Tiger". Reports suggested that the recently released spy-thriller movie has racked up a whopping ₹320 million on its first day in theatres across the country.
The new record thus set would be looked up by other bigges of B-town as a mark to overcome. The film was released in 3300 theatres on Wednesday.
Hrithik Roshan's "Agneepath", an original remake of Amitabh Bachan's 1990 blockbuster, held the record of the biggest opening after it accumulated about ₹220 milllion on its opening day. However, the Kabir Khan-directed "Ek Tha Tiger" has surpassed Karan Johar's earthy revenge story "Agneepath'' on its opening day collections by a mammoth margin of ₹ 100 million.
Interestingly, most of the movies that made to the elite billion club were remakes. Be it "Agneepath", Akshay Kumar's "Rowdy Rathore" or Salman's "Bodyguard" or Ajay Devgan's "Singham", all of them were remakes and redefined the definition of hit and flop films in Hindi cinema.
Salman's last two releases "Bodyguard" and "Ready" also saw good openings at the box office. Both the movies joined the one billion club in weeks after their releases and were the top-grossing movies of the year.
But "Ek Tha Tiger" has crossed all film collections by a giant margin, which may be deemed as an impossible target by other well-established stars of the film industry.
"Ek Tha Tiger" was released on Aug 15. Besides Salman Khan, the film also features Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad, Ranvir Shorey in lead roles.