Ek Tha Tiger releases tomorrow and trade, industry as well as soothsayers have only one question on their lips - 'Will Salman Khan end up creating new records with this film?' Such is the buildup of hype around the film that while it is a given that the film would cross the Rs.100 crores milestone, the debate is around several other records that are coming under the scanner.
"To begin with, Salman is now all set to regain the opening day record that was created with Bodyguard last Eid", comments an insider, "It was tipped by Hrithik Roshan with Agneepath earlier this year but with expectation of nothing less than Rs. 30 crores opening day for Ek Tha Tiger, not just Hrithik but even Shah Rukh's Ra.One's record of highest day ever would be smashed."
Meanwhile bets are being placed on the number of days in which Ek Tha Tiger would cross the Rs. 100 crore milestone. The record is currently held by Salman himself whose Bodyguard had managed this total in its extended week last year. Now for Ek Tha Tiger it is expected that Salman would manage this huge moolah in five-six days flat.
"With ticket rates being hiked and the film releasing at record number of screens, this is not impossible either", an exhibitor adds, "However that is just the beginning. Real fun would begin from Monday onwards after Eid. If the film is indeed appreciated, sky would be the limit as Muslim audiences are expected to flock the theatres on weekdays as well. It would be the best Eid haul ever for Bollywood if the film lives up to the hype."
That would result in another round of calculations for the film because it would be Aamir Khan's record of 3 Idiots that would come under the scanner.
"For Salman it is pretty much assured that Bodyguard total of over Rs. 148 crores would be comfortably beaten. However, he is challenging Rs. 202 crores that 3 Idiots had accumulated", comments a source, "With everything going in the film's favour, no competition in sight and no major release for three more weeks, getting on the top of the game would be the real deal for Salman."
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