Ra.One was released simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions in more than 3,100 theatres, while Bodyguard was released only in Hindi across 2,750 theatres 2 months ago.
Ra.One earned about 15-16 crore from the Hindi version, while the Tamil and Telugu versions added another 2 crore-2.5 crore, trade analyst said.
Highest single-day collection by a Bollywood film thus far has been Bodyguard’s 21.5 crore. That beat 14.5-crore opening of Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg (a year ago), and the 13.5 crore collected by Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots in 2009.
“On Thursday, the response has improved. We have clocked the same footfalls as we had yesterday. With another 1/3rd of the day to go, we expect this to go up. The advance for the balance weekend to is strong,” said Sunil Punjabi, CEO of Cinemax theatres.
“Primarily , two factors that impacted Day One in tier 2 towns was cancellation of shows since the content didn’t reach on time and evenings were impacted by pujas scheduled between 6pm and 11pm,” he added.