Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut starrer "Katti Batti" had a decent opening at the box office. The film started on a slow note, but the occupancy picked up in the evening and night shows, which helped the film to score a better opening day box office collection.
"Katti Batti" was released on 18 September in India in approximately 1,200 screens. And from that 1,200 screens, the love story minted Rs 5.28 crore.
"#KattiBatti biz picked up during evening/night shows. Fri ₹ 5.28 cr. India biz," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
The film, directed by Nikhil Advani, opened with only 15 to 20% occupancy, but the mixed reviews helped the occupancy increase in the evening shows.
After a fair opening, "Katti Batti" is now expected to have a decent opening weekend at the domestic box office.
The film opened well in metro cities, including Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi-NCR and other circuits. But the collections from Gujarat- Saurashtra, Rajasthan, CP Berar, CI, UP, and Bihar were below the mark, according to Box Office India.
Meanwhile, the opening day box office collection of "Katti Batti" is lower than director Nikhil Advani's last release "Hero". Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty starrer "Hero" was released in 2,000 screens and it minted Rs 6.85 crore, while "Katti Batti" minted Rs 5.28 crore.
But Salman Khan's production "Hero" had a much wider release compared to "Katti Batti".
Overseas box office
"Katti Batti" opened to fair response in India, but it did well in the international markets. The love story minted $ 503,000 (Rs 3.31 crore) from the overseas box office in just one day.
"#KattiBatti crosses half-million mark [$ 503,000; ₹ 3.31 cr] in international markets on Day 1. Biz should multiply on Sat-Sun," Adarsh added.
The film should record a good opening weekend worldwide box office collection and trade analysts are positive that the business of the film will grow in India as well internationally.