SRK and Kajol in "Gerua" from "Dilwale."Twitter

Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Dilwale" opened to packed houses at several theaters worldwide, but the film failed to beat the opening day box office collection record of Salman Khan's "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo"

Shah Rukh and Kajol starrer "Dilwale", which was released on Friday, received mixed reviews from critics, but that did not stop the film from taking a grand start at the box office. The action romantic film earned Rs 21 crore on its opening day from the domestic box office.

"#Dilwale Fri ₹ 21 cr. India biz. VERY GOOD, in view of the fact that screens/shows got divided + protests/show cancellations at places," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted. 

While the collection of the movie is good, "Dilwale" has failed to beat the first day business record of "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan". Salman's film, which are the top grossers of 2015, were released during festival time, i.e. on partial holidays and thus they recorded the highest opening day collection of 2015.

"Dilwale" was released on a non-holiday Friday along with a big budget movie "Bajirao Mastani". Also, at some circuits, there was protest against Shah Rukh starrer, which affected the first-day box office earnings of "Dilwale".

Keeping in mind these factors, "Dilwale" first-day box office collection is impressive.

Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film features Shah Rukh, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in lead roles. The film marks the comeback of Bollywood's most romantic jodi Shah Rukh-Kajol after "My Name Is Khan".

Meanwhile, here is the list of top 10 highest Bollywood openers of all time:

Position Film Release Date Earnings in Rs Crore Release Day
1. Happy New Year 24, October, 2014 44.97 Partial-holiday
2. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 12 November, 2015 40.5 Partial-holiday
3. Dhoom 3 20 December, 2013 36.22 Non-holiday
4. Chennai Express 9 August, 2013 33.12 Holiday
5. Ek Tha Tiger 15August, 2012 32.93 Holiday
6. Singham Returns 15 August, 2014 30 Holiday
7. Bang Bang 2 October, 2014 27.54 Holiday
8. Bajrangi Bhaijaan 17 July, 2015 27.25 Non-Holiday
9. PK (Peekay) 19 December, 2014 26.63 Non-Holiday
10. Kick 25 July, 2014 26.40 Non-Holiday
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