Bharat box office day one: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif film registers fourth highest opening of all time, earns 42.3 crore

Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif’s Bharat has made an opening collection of 42.3 crore, becoming Salman’s biggest Eid opener.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in a still from Bharat.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in a still from Bharat.
Updated on May 21, 2020 12:10 AM IST
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Actors Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif starrer Bharat had a festive release, hitting theatres on Eid 2019. The film witnessed the fourth highest opening of all-time in India. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the figures.

“#Salmania grips the nation... #Bharat storms the BO... Proves *yet again* Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller... #Bharat opens much bigger than Salman - Ali Abbas Zafar’s #TigerZindaHai [ 34.10 cr] and #Sultan [ 36.54 cr]... Wed 42.30 cr. India biz,” Taran tweeted.

Adarsh also wrote that Bharat is Salman’s biggest Eid opener. “#Bharat hits the ball out of the park on Day 1... Emerges Salman’s biggest #Eid opener, surpassing *Day 1* biz of #Sultan [ 36.54 cr]. Emerges Salman’s *biggest opener ever*, surpassing *Day 1* biz of #PremRatanDhanPayo [ 40.35 cr].”


Bharat is now the fourth highest opener ever and second biggest opener of 2019 after Avengers Endgame which made 53 crore on its first day. Prior to that, Akshay Kumar’s Kesari held the second slot on the list of highest Bollywood openers of 2019.

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Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan, which released on Christmas last year, holds the slot for highest Bollywood opener ever in India with a collection of 52.25 crore on the first day of its release.Bharat also emerged on top from all Salman films, toppling 2015 Diwali release, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo from the top slot, which had earned 39.32 crore on day one.

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Earlier reports also suggested that Bharat had a record advance booking. The film registered 24 crore in advance booking as the film opened on Wednesday, June 5. Hollywood action film Avengers: Endgame recorded the highest advance booking of 49.62 (Hindi and English version in Hindi markets, without South India) while Avengers: Infinity War is at the third spot with 29. 14 crore. Bahubali: The Conclusion ranks second with 37.53 crore and Thugs Of Hindostan is at the fourth slot with 26. 27 crore advance booking. Salman’s Tiger Zinda Hai stands at the fifth slot with 24.76 crore earnings in advance booking.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat also stars Tabu, Sunil Grover, Jackie Shroff, Disha Patani and Nora Fatehi. It is an official remake of Korean drama An Ode to my Father.

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