SRK’s much-awaited Ra.One collects Rs 18.5crore on opening day.

Shah Rukh KhanMumbai: Shah Rukh Khan’s much-awaited Ra.One collected Rs 18.5crore on its opening day, 3 crore less than what Bodyguard managed on Day One.

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.

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