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Salman Khan’s Race 3 beats Padmaavat and Baaghi 2, earns Rs 29.17 cr on day 1

Despite the film getting panned by critics, Salman Khan’s Race 3 has become the highest opener of 2018.

bollywood Updated: Jun 16, 2018 14:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Race 3’s day one collection figure prove Salman Khan’s hold over box office remains rock solid.

Salman Khan’s Race 3 is off to a spectacular start. At the end of day one, Salman’s Eid release has collected Rs 29.17 crore, becoming the biggest opener of 2018.

Race 3 topples Tiget Shroff’s Baaghi 2 and Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat from the top slots. While Padmaavat had an opening collection of Rs 19 crore (excluding previews), Baaghi 2 earned Rs 25.10 crore on day one.

With the latest figures, Race 3 also became the third highest opener Salman has had in the past decade. Sultan and Ek Tha Tiger remain ahead of Race with Rs 36.54 crore and Rs 32.93 crore respectively, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

Despite most reviews panning the film, Race 3 is likely to continue the momentum over the weekend.

For a while now, Eid has belonged to Salman with some of his biggest recent hits releasing around this time of the year. However, Race 3, which released on around 4200 cinemas in India, saw a lukewarm response on Friday. In most of India, the festival of Eid is being celebrated on Saturday and hence, footfall was expected to go up on the day of the festival.

As per a report in Bollywood Hungama, the occupancy for Race 3 on the opening day was close to 50% for the initial shows. This was expected to dent the producers’ plan to have an Rs 30-35 crore opening day collection.

However, all of this was proven wrong. While the film did not touch the magic figure stated above, it has come really close, proving Salman’s pull at the box office.

Also starring Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem in important roles, Race 3 is the third film in Race franchise and hit theatres on June 15. While the previous two films were directed by Abbas-Mustan, Remo D’Souza has helmed the latest flick.

Race 3 is about a feud within a family of notorious arms dealers.

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First Published: Jun 16, 2018 13:57 IST