Bharat had a rocking Day 1 at the Box Office, across the country. The Salman Khan starrer, as per early estimates, has managed to rake in moolah in the range of Rs 43-45 crore on its opening day. The Day 1 Box Office collections of Bharat are historic and the film has high chances to hold the record of second highest collection of all time after Aamir Khan's Thugs Of Hindostan. However, official collections of Bharat are awaited.
Salman Khan's highest opener has been Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which released in 2015. The family drama had raked in Rs 40 crore on its Day 1.
Earlier, distributor Rajesh Thadani, talking about the box office performance of Bharat, said, "It may get affected slightly due to India vs South Africa World Cup match, but still numbers will be big."
Well, looks like, the film did not get affected by the match, at all!
Amit Sharma, Managing Director, Miraj Cinemas, told IANS that usually, the combination of Eid and a Salman Khan film is a "bumper blockbuster". "I don't see any impact (on the film due to the World Cup match)... I am not downplaying the World Cup match, but there is still time for matches to gain momentum. The World Cup has just begun, and in the T20 era, people take a little time to get into the groove of a 50-over format. I feel the match won't impact Day 1 collections of 'Bharat'."
As for its long run at the theatres, trade expert, Girish Johar said everything depends on the content.
"If it is bad, then the dent will be felt. If it is good, the dent will be subsumed," Johar said, adding that Eid will generate positive sales at the ticket windows for Bharat.
Salman Khan is seen sporting five different looks in the film spanning 60 years, including a crucial part which will showcase the actor in his late 20s, looking much leaner and younger.
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat, the film is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean movie 'Ode To My Father'. Salman teamed up with Zafar for the third time after 'Sultan' and 'Tiger Zinda Hai'. The film has been produced by Atul Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, and Krishan Kumar and hits the screens on June 5 i.e on Eid. Apart from Bharat, Salman will be seen in Prabhu Dheva's Dabangg 3 and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Inshallah.