Bumper opening of ‘Sultan’, earns 40 core before Eid

Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer ‘Sultan’ is off to a great start. Though Eid in India was pushed behind a day, the opening collection of ‘Sultan’ was not at all effected. Audience in full force went out to watch ‘Sultan’ on the opening day. The advance booking of ‘Sultan’ already indicates promising first day collection and now the result is here. YRF’s ‘Sultan’ earns a whopping 40 crore in the opening day.

Today, the box-office collection of ‘Sultan’ is expected to tough sky-high as in India since Eid will be celebrated today. Today, the theatres across the country are expected to be house-full.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh, tweeted about the opening day collection of ‘Sultan’ and Adarsh even predicted a “historic” five-day weekend for the film.

#Sultan [Wed biz / pre-Eid]: ? 40 cr+ definitely... 41... 42... 43... It can touch these figures... Final numbers coming up... FANTABULOUS!

The Eid festivities commence from today in India... A HISTORIC 5-day opening weekend is on the cards... #Sultan = HURRICANE at the BO.

The film features Salman as a Haryanvi wrestler Sultan and his ladylove Anushka Sharma as Aarfa . “The film is doing extraordinary business across the country. The opening is like hurricane. Everyone is loving it, be it the story, the songs and Salman, of course, is a treat to watch in Sultan,” distributor Akshay Rathi said.

“The film is doing exceptionally well in North India like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab,” he said. Rathi predicted that the sports drama film will do Rs 150 crore business,” he added.

Another film distributor, Rajesh Thadani said, “The film has opened really well, just as expected. It will make record breaking collection in its weekend which will be around Rs 150 crore.”

Both Rathi and Thadani had the feeling that though ‘Sultan’ leaked online, it will not affect film’s business.

Manoj Desai, executive director of Gaiety Galaxy and Maratha Mandir Cinema, says the audience’s reactions were electrifying but since Eid’s date was shifted, the Wednesday’s collections were affected.

“The word-of-mouth for the film is exceptional. Our 1000-seater theatres are almost full, people are clapping and whistling. But since Eid was shifted, it has affected the business. Other than that, everything is going great for the film,” Desai said.

‘Sultan’ directed by Ali Abbas Zafar opened well at both single screens and multiplexes and the ticket pricing at Desai’s theatres properties is between Rs 100-120, while at the multiplexes it ranges from Rs 300 to above Rs 500.