"Sarbjit" has got a decent opening at the Indian box office in the first weekend, and has made a good collection. But the film has failed to beat the three-day business record of Aishwarya Rai's last outing, "Jazbaa."
"Sarbjit" was surrounded by decent pre-release hype and promotion and was released in a large number of cinema halls across the country on May 20. The movie was predicted to start with a bang and become the biggest opener for a film starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the solo lead, beating the record of her previous release, "Jazbaa."
As predicted, the Omung Kumar-directed biographical drama registered decent occupancy on its opening day. "Sarbjit" collected Rs. 3.69 crore net at the Indian box office on the first day. But it failed to beat the opening day record of "Jazbaa," which had collected Rs. 4.23 crore net in the domestic market on its first day.
"Sarbjit" garnered positive response from the audience and the word-of-mouth reviews took its business up on the following days. The film raked in Rs. 4.56 crore on Saturday and Rs. 5.71 crore on Sunday. The movie has collected a total of Rs. 13.96 crore net at the Indian box office in the first weekend.
Taran Adarsh tweeted, "#Sarbjit had positive trending across the weekend, with biz growing with each passing day... Sat growth was 23.58%, while Sun was 25.22%..." The trade analyst added, "#Sarbjit Fri 3.69 cr, Sat 4.56 cr, Sun 5.71 cr. Total: ₹ 13.96 cr. India biz... Biz needs to hold strongly on weekdays for a good total."
Aishwarya Rai's "Jazbaa" had collected Rs. 15.24 crore net at the Indian box office in its opening weekend and its day-wise breakup was Rs. 4.23 crore on Friday, Rs. 5.49 crore on Saturday, and Rs. 5.52 crore on Sunday. Her latest outing, "Sarbjit," has failed to beat the record of "Jazbaa" to become the highest grosser in the opening weekend for Aishwarya Rai.
The collection of "Sarbjit" was slightly affected by the much-awaited Hollywood movie, "X-Men: Apocalypse." Mahesh Babu's "Brahmotsavam" also took a toll on its business to some extent in South India.