150 crore bumper Eid opening of Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’

Any movies of Salman Khan which releases around Eid never miss to spark magic at the box-office. From ‘Wanted’ to now, Salman Khan’s Eid release always highly awaited one and is sure to earn big bucks at the ticket counter. From his new release ‘Sultan’ something similar is expected and even more. Trade analysts predict that ‘Sultan’ will have bumper Eid opening with 150 crore at the box-office.

Trade experts Amul Mohan told Bollywood Life that ‘Sultan’ will earn Rs 160 crore on day one but trade analyst Taran Adarsh sounds more optimistic.

He said: “Salman Khan + Yash Raj Films + Eid release… it can’t get bigger than that. Over the years, Salman’s box office status has multiplied manifold and every film of his generates tremendous curiosity.

“The volume of business coupled with the massive fan following he enjoys, raises the bar every time a new Salman film is about to release.”

Adarsh at the same time sounds bit unsure about ‘Sultan’ being Salman’s biggest all time release. he added: “It’s a bit too early to predict if Sultan will surpass the business of his previous films. But the fact is that the advance booking has been fantastic and it being a five-day weekend, the film is expected to shatter records.”

However, trade pundit Komal Nahta is very sure about the success of Ali Abbas Zafar directorial. “There are all chances of it being Salman’s biggest ever. At least one of his biggest for sure. Music, craze, dialogues, trailers… Everything is highly talked about. Box office history is waiting to be rewritten,” he said.

Added trade analyst Atul Mohan: “Sultan producer Yash Raj Films is targeting at the widest release for the movie not only in India, but overseas also. The audience is hungry for a massy film which hasn’t come for a long time.”

He said that the advance booking looks hopeful.

“With the long weekend ahead, the film should easily cross more than half of Salman’s previous best collections within five days… The content of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ ensured that it got a good run at the box office, and if the content of Sultan is lapped up by the audience, then new records will be created.” Bajrangi Bhaijaan made Rs 389 crore at domestic BO.

Senior journalist and critic Bharathi S. Pradhan said: “It will be huge. But beating his own blockbusters may be a problem. It would depend on how good the film itself is. If it’s disappointing like ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’, it won’t go beyond the expected initial draw.”

However critic Raja Sen is not that enthusiastic about Salman’s Sultan act.

“It might well be a massive hit, though I’d dreamily like to believe his imbecility will finally have a visible impact this time around and, like me, maybe a few dozen people will choose not to watch it. But don’t bet on it.”

YRF’s ‘Sultan’ based on the sport wrestling features Anushka Sharma in the female lead.