Ajay Devgn starrer action comedy film, "Himmatwala" has passed the opening day test with flying colours at domestic box office. Sajid Khan's directorial film raked in ₹12 crore on the first day of its release in India.
"#Himmatwala Fri 12 cr. Very good at single screens, low at plexes," trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted.
The film received negative reviews from critics and movie buffs, but its huge promotions helped earn pretty good at the box office.
With ₹12 crore in its kitty, "Himmatwala" has become the second big release of 2013 after "Race 2" which managed to earn ₹15.12 crore on its opening day.
Apart from Ajay, the film features Tamannaah, Paresh Rawal, Mahesh Manjrekar and Zarina Wahab in important roles. It is a remake of the 1983 blockbuster film with the same title featuring Jeetendra and Sridevi in lead roles.
Ajay Devgn's "Himmatwala" received good response at single screens in key markets in North India as compared to multiplexes.
The film has emerged as the biggest opener for Ajay Devgn, beating his last film "Bol Bachchan" opening day collection. "Bol Bachchan", which also featured Abhishek Bachchan in the lead roles, collected approximately ₹11.25 crore nett.
Sajid Khan, who is pretty over-confident with his latest film, had earlier claimed that "Himmatwala" is his best and most entertaining film till date. He also said that the film would be his and Ajay's biggest hit.
Not sure about biggest hit, but yes the film has turned out to be the biggest opener for Ajay.
Meanwhile, the film at overseas box offices had witnesses a very low opening.
"#Himmatwala has low opening in Overseas... Friday: UK £ 41,917 [17 screens to report]... Australia A$ 25,142... New Zealand NZ$ 14,782," Adarsh tweeted.
The opening weekend and the first collection will decide whether the film will survive at the box office to become the first superhit film of 2013.