Singham Returns Record Massive Opening
The Ajay Devgan starrer ‘Singham Returns’ was finally unleashed on theaters across the country on 15th August. On its opening day, ‘Singham Returns’ has devoured all competition and has recorded a massive collection. Although the exact figure is yet to be calculated, it is now certain that the film has grossed around Rs. 31 crores (310 million). It also recorded a strong occupancy rate of 60 percent.
As per reports, the film has done better in single screen theaters than in the multiplexes. As expected the film did very well in Maharashtra and Gujarat. In Mumbai it had occupancy of around 85 to 90 %. But the film has also done quite well in the North Indian circuit and recorded a strong business. However in south India, business was hurt by major regional releases. It was released on 3600 screens around the country. Noted film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted "Singham Returns has a historic start in the morning shows. Trade jubilant. Expecting a big, fat total on Day 1." ‘Singham Returns’ is undoubtedly Ajay Devgan’s biggest opening till date. It may also turn out to be the fastest 100 crores club entry for Ajay Devgan. It also brings a much needed commercial success to Kareena Kapoor.
Akshay Kumar’s ‘Entertainment’ has failed to make much impression on the audiences, so it will hardly be a challenge to the Ajay Devgan starrer. Salman Khan’s ‘Kick’ which is in its third week may pose some competition but it is slowing down as it is losing screens with the release of new films. With the release of Rani Mukerji starrer ‘Mardaani’ on August 22nd, ‘Kick’ may go out of theaters. ‘Singham Returns’ has already surpassed ‘Kick’ in terms of opening day collections. ‘Kick’ collected Rs 26.5 crore (265 million) nett on its opening day. ‘Singham Returns’ has already recorded the best opening of 2014 and it will be hard to beat this feat.
The film also marks a successful follow up for Rohit Shetty after his 2013 blockbuster ‘Chennai Express’. The director who is sometimes criticized for making over the top films recently said in an interview that commercial success is important for him. He said, “I am a commercial filmmaker. My films are always big budget films where a lot of money is pumped in. I need to recover that money because I cannot make somebody sell his house because of my film. At the same time, I cannot cheat the audience.”