Mohit Suri's romantic thriller Ek Villain is the second highest opening film of 2014! Beating Sajid Khan's Humshakals that realeased last Friday and made Rs 12 crore, the Riteish Deshmukh, Siddharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor starrer raked in Rs 16.72 crore on day one.
The year's biggest opener was Salman Khan's Jai Ho which made Rs 17 crore on day one. Ek Villain's record was just a tad less that that.
The film opened on 2539 screens and in terms of screen average, it's the highest opener, tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh. The film's lead actor Riteish Deshmukh too took to Twitter to share the figures and thank fans for the support.
#EkVillain Fri ? 16.72 cr nett [2539 screens]. India biz. Second highest opener of 2014. In terms of screen average, it's HIGHEST. AWESOME!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 28, 2014
16.72cr Day 1 @EkVillain - ThANK YOU all for the unprecedented LOVE— RD: EK VILLAIN (@Riteishd) June 28, 2014
Unlike most of the below average stuff (read Humshakals) Bollywood unleashes on us every Friday, this film stands out for its ingenuity.
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And with the great reviews Ek Villain is garnering for its intriguing story line and dark screenplay, the film promises an exciting weekend collection.
The film also made a mark at the international ticket windows and is doing great business in the oversees market. It has already earned $130,000 or Rs 78.03 lack in the US and Canada. Even better are the UAE figures, where the film has already made Rs 3.11 crores.
#EkVillain - USA & Canada: Fri $ 130,000 [? 78.03 lacs]. SUPERB!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 28, 2014
#EkVillain - UAE: Thu AED 800,000, Fri AED 1,100,000. Total: AED 1,900,000 [? 3.11 cr]. FABULOUS!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 28, 2014
Salman Khan-starrer Jai Ho is the biggest opener of 2014 with Rs 17 crore.