Box-Office: Opening day collection of Sooraj, Athiya's ‘Hero’

Though opened with negative reviews from critics, Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi’s debut venture, ‘Hero’ backed by Salman Khan has been able to make average numbers at the box-office. The film registered 35-40% occupancy rate in the opening day, Friday. It was the occupancy rate for the morning shows but trade analysts had the notion that the numbers will increase by afternoon and evening shows.

The film also had advance bookings in many theatres of India. It is believed that ‘Hero’ will make a good numbers in the coming days. Producer Salman Khan has left no stone unturned to promote the film as he believed that a perfect launch pad is necessary for any debutantes.

"The very fact that Salman Khan is launching these two actors has ensured tremendous buzz for the film. I guess, Hero is going to open fairly well considering the fact that it's the launch vehicle of two débutantes. I won't be surprised if it does a Rs 6-6.5 crore day one, which is fairly good for a film with débutantes. The film in itself and even the songs are really very good and that will draw in the crowd. Overall in its lifetime collections, the film can collect around Rs 45-50 crore plus, if it clicks and I think it will," exhibitor and distributor, Akshaye Rathi told.

Directed by Nikhil Advani, ‘Hero’ a remake of yesteryear blockbuster of the same name also features Tigmanshu Dhulia, Aditya Pancholi, Imran Hasnee and Sharad Kelkar in pivotal roles.

Salman Khan arranged a special screening of the film for the debutantes’ parents and also urged his fans to shower love on the new actors.

Since 'Hero' has no competitor, it is highly predicted that the film will end up with promising numbers at the box-office.