Salman Khan's latest film, "Dabangg 2" collected over ₹60 crore in the opening weekend after making a wonderful opening on Friday, raking in ₹21.10 crore at the box office.
"Dabangg 2", directed by Arbaaz Khan and featuring Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha, was released on Friday across 3,500 screens in India and 450 screens abroad.
"#Dabangg2 Sunday biz witnessed a massive jump. Data being compiled. Will update final total in some time," tweeted trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh. "#Dabangg2 CP Fri 1.12 cr, Sat 90.50 L, Sun 1.27 cr... CI Fri 89 L, Sat 69 L, Sun 1.02 cr... Rajasthan Fri 1.26 cr, Sat 96 L, Sun 1.48 cr."
"#Dabangg2 Fri 21.10 cr, Sat 19.06 cr, Sun 24 cr to 25 cr [estimates; final total could vary]. Total: Rs 64/65 cr nett. OUTSTANDING!" he added.
The film also did reasonably well at overseas box office. According to Taran Adarsh, it collected ₹1.91 crore (£ 215,037) in the first two days from UK, ₹98.41 lakhs (A$ 171,789) from Australia in three days and ₹24.45 lakhs (NZ$ 53,886) from New Zealand in three days.
"Dabangg 2" emerged as the biggest opener ever for a non-holiday Friday release, breaking the record of Akshay Kumar's "Rowdy Rathore."
"#Dabangg2 1st day will be lower than #EkThaTiger 1st day [15 Aug holiday]. ETT Day 2 was much lower [14.55 cr], since it was a working day," Adarsh had earlier said, adding, "Biggest opener [holiday] #EkThaTiger 32.92 cr ... Biggest opener [non-holiday] #RowdyRathore 15.1 cr ... #Dabangg2 is non-holiday opener."