Box-office: ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ has a great opening; mints 8.40 cr


‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, the docudrama tracing the personal and professional life of legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, saw a terrific response in theatres across the country on its opening day on May 26.

The film was released in five languages – Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and English in 2400 screens in India and 400 screens overseas. Its opening day collection at the domestic box-office has been recorded at Rs 8.40 crore. Of this, the Hindi version alone raked in Rs 7 crores.

Trade analyst-cum-film critic Taran Adarsh shared the figure on his Twitter timeline. “Considering it's a docu-drama, #SachinABillionDreams opens IMPRESSIVELY... Fri Rs 8.40 cr. India biz [Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, English],” he wrote.

The film has registered the seventh highest opening of 2017 after ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’, ‘Raees’, ‘Jolly LLB 2’, ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ , ‘Half Girlfriend’ and ‘Kaabil’.

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ has been made on an estimated budget of Rs 30 crores and has been written and directed by British filmmaker James Erskine, who has previously directed sports films like ‘The Battle of The Sexes’ (2013), ‘Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist’ (2014) and ‘One Night in Turin’ (2010).

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ hit theatres amidst much hype as fans have been eager to witness the journey of one of the most celebrated cricketers of the world. Sachin himself plays the narrator in the film which is peppered with archived footages of old cricket matches, interviews, clips of important personalities sharing their experience with Sachin and some rare home videos of the former skipper’s personal life.

Fans have deluged social media is with appreciation for Sachin and the docudrama.

Before its theatrical release, a pre-release screening was held in Mumbai which was attended by the biggest names from Bollywood and cricket.