The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial Bharat took a good opening and released to mixed reviews today. The Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer already had excellent advanced booking and positive expectations from distributors. Read on to know whether the film matched audience expectations during the morning and noon shows.
Debashish Dey, Distributor, West Bengal
Bharat has taken a superb opening. The morning shows were a little dull in Muslim-dominated centres because of Eid as they must have gone for namaz but the evening and night shows should get much better footfalls. The film took an opening that was more than 50 per cent in the morning and occupancy was very good for the noon shows. Also, the reports are also very good. Pan-India, I think the film should collect Rs 38-40 crore.
Jeetu Khandelwal, Distributor, Orissa
The opening of Bharat was fantastic in my circuit and the film is doing outstanding business at multiplexes. The morning shows were almost full in the big cities but I am not sure about the status of this film in smaller cities. I think the Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer will earn Rs 60 lakh in my circuit and Rs 30-35 crore across India.
Gaurav Ruparel, Distributor, Saurashtra
The opening of Bharat was decent and it took a 70-per cent opening in multiplexes in my territory. The thing is, despite advanced booking, the shows are not yet house full. If the evening and night shows run house full, then the box-office prospects of the film will be very different. According to my assumptions, Bharat will do great business on day one; it will earn Rs 40-50 lakh in my circuit.
Balkrishna Shroff, Distributor, Mumbai
Bharat opened quite well today and the reports are also good although not extraordinary. People like the film. Bharat will earn Rs 32-35 crore across India, with the Mumbai circuit accounting for 35 per cent of the pan-India business, that is, Rs 11-12 crore.
Sarang Chandak, Distributor, CP
The opening of Bharat in some multiplexes was around 50 per cent and in others 70-75 per cent. This was the occupancy of the morning and noon shows. There are mixed reviews from the audience. Since it is Eid today, the film will earn Rs 30 crore pan-India and in my circuit, it will earn around Rs 2 crore.
- Bhavi Gathani