| Moviegoers come out of Regent cinema after watching the 10am show of Jai Ho in Patna on Friday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
“Maar Salman bhai maar” was Sameer Rathore’s spontaneous response at Cinepolis while watching Salman Khan beat up a baddie in Jai Ho, the superstar’s latest release.
The Class XII student of St Xavier’s School also took off his T-shirt watching his hero do the same at the first-day, first-show at 9.45.
He was not the only one though. Others in the theatre, too, could hardly control their excitement and shouted to every punch Salman packed at the goons.
However, the punches and kicks could not dent Dhoom 3’s first-day collection record — Rs 21,07,460. Salman though broke his own previous record of Ek Tha Tiger, which had earned Rs 12,37,500 on Day I.
Slotted for 33 shows in Patna, the film collected Rs 17,83,490 on its first day with houseful shows. Cine lovers praised Salman’s Dabangg style of roaring like a tiger.
“Salman bhai is the best, no one can match him. I was amazed to watch him on the silver screen today. He has acted like a superhero, the best part is that you do not need brains to think about the script and choreography. We came for some entertainment and Salman is best in the business,” said Rathore after watching the film.
Single-screen theatres like Regent Fun Cinemas, Mona and Elphinstone, too, did well on the first day. According to cine pundits, the theatres expect to rake in the moolah in the coming weekend. The film may not break all records in terms of earnings but Salman has surely earned his highest compared to his other movies in Patna.
The tickets, however, were priced lower than Dhoom 3. “If the ticket prices had been similar to Dhoom 3, the film would have created new records in its first-day earning,” said the adviser of Cine Society, Patna, R.N. Das.
Many feel Jai Ho would cross Rs 200 crore in the coming days. “It is just the beginning. The audience needs entertainment and Salman provides it. The film would cross Rs 200 crore. You cannot judge a movie from its first-day collection,” said Abhishek Ranjan, manager, Cinepolis.
The advance booking, too, was impressive. Matinee and evening shows for Saturday and Sunday were booked to capacity. “You can say this is another Dabangg 2,” said Suman Kumar Sinha, chairperson and managing director of Regent Fun Cinema.