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‘Singham Returns’ First Day Box Office Collections to Cross Rs.20-Crore Range


Rohit Shetty has timed the release of the film ‘Singham Returns’ on Independence Day coinciding with a long weekend in India to gross maximum box office collections in its first opening day followed by the first weekend and multiplexes, malls and theatres have gone with housefull on Friday with moderate priced tickets at Rs.250 to Rs.330.

In UAE and Gulf countries, where it was released on Thursday to cash in on Friday holiday there has brought in more collections on expected lines with the first day figures showing Rs. 1.24 crore (AED 750,000), giving early indicators of its huge potential to win the box office race overseas too.

The “Chennai Express” strategy has always helped Rohit Shetty who was able to release the film in 3,500 screens across the country with an eye on box office collections on the first day to cross Rs.20 crore and the weekend to gross more than Rs.50-crore mark. Overall, the film is supposed to surpass the Rs.100-crore mark and enter the race for Rs.200 crore in its second week.

Moreover, the Ajay Devgn-Kareena Kapoor starrer is riding high on the hype created by its popular prequel and the advance booking has ensured 85% occupancy in many theatres on Friday. The film being an action-thriller with entertainment stuffed into every scene is bound to reap returns at least in the first week since the media reviews were not entirely positive.

Moving into the second week, it will face competition from the next major film “Mardaani” by Rani Mukherjee but still it can sail through the box office test making record collections on the lines of major hits of the year like “Jai Ho” or “Kick”.

‘Singham Returns’ may also help Ajay Devgn to join the actors who get the fastest buck in box office collections and cross Rs.100-crore club in the first two weekends, if not two weeks. Moreover, Kareena Kapoor’s new status as a married actress will be put to test now.

Even trade analyst Taran Adarsh was upbeat that the film “will reap a harvest and rule the box-office. A sure-shot WINNER”, he tweeted on Friday night. “#Singham Returns could emerge Ajay’s highest opener, also Ajay’s highest grosser!” he said.

In overseas markets, first figures in UAE-GCC market show the film collected about Rs.1.24 crore (AED 750,000) on Thursday, its first opening day there.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SinghamReturns?src=hash”>#SinghamReturns</a> is the HIGHEST OPENER for Ajay Devgn in UAE-GCC. Collects approx AED 750,000 [₹ 1.24 cr] on Thu. SUPERB!</p>&mdash; taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) <a href=”https://twitter.com/taran_adarsh/statuses/500184399279693826″>August 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SinghamReturns?src=hash”>#SinghamReturns</a> review: Will reap a harvest and rule the box-office. A sure-shot WINNER! <a href=”http://t.co/NOhdDfqVbG”>http://t.co/NOhdDfqVbG</a> <a href=”http://t.co/ZOoiMM0b4U”>pic.twitter.com/ZOoiMM0b4U</a></p>&mdash; taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) <a href=”https://twitter.com/taran_adarsh/statuses/500268875431165952″>August 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Latest Update: <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SinghamReturns?src=hash”>#SinghamReturns</a> could emerge Ajay&#39;s highest opener, also Ajay&#39;s highest grosser! <a href=”http://t.co/ogVdZN1zQ4″>http://t.co/ogVdZN1zQ4</a></p>&mdash; taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) <a href=”https://twitter.com/taran_adarsh/statuses/500206280808484865″>August 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Moreover, the prequel of Rohit Shetty film Singham, released in 2011, was a huge hit and won many awards. Whether the sequel goes on to win awards is a major question but surely it will win the first show, first day and first week with Rs.100 crore easily coming in.



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