‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ mints nearly Rs 30 cr on first weekend

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, the biographical film tracing the personal and professional journey of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is having a good run at the box office. According to early reports, the film has collected a couple of crores less that Rs.30 crores, after its first weekend in theatres.

The film was released in five languages – Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and English in 2400 screens in India and 400 screens overseas. On Friday, May 26, the film had a good start registering an occupancy of 40-45 percent and earning Rs 8.40 at the counters.

On its day two, i.e., Saturday, the film raked in a higher amount of Rs 9.20 crores, taking the two day total to Rs 17.60 crores. “#SachinABillionDreams shows an UPWARD TREND… Fri 8.40 cr, Sat 9.20 cr. Total: Rs 17.60 cr [all languages]… FANTASTIC for a docu-drama,” Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote on Twitter.

The docudrama continued the pace, and performed even better on its third day, i.e., Sunday. The film minted Rs 10.15 crores, taking its first weekend total collection to Rs 27.75 crores, according to a report in boxofficecollection.in.

‘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. The film 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.

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams is having a smooth run in theatres, despite last week’s release ‘Half Girlfriend’ and ‘Hindi Medium’, and the biggest blockbuster ‘Baahbali: The Conclusion’ that released a month ago, taking up a good share of the screens. The fact that there was no other major release last Friday, has helped the docudrama.