Salman roars at box office - Ek Tha Tiger opens with Rs 12.3 lakh

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By AMIT BHELARI
  • Published 17.08.12
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The Tiger has roared, smashing all box office records for the first day of a film.

Salman Khan-starrer Ek Tha Tiger collected Rs 12,37,500 in the city of Patna on I-Day, breaking the previous Day One record set by Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepath, which hit the screens on Republic Day this year. (See chart)

…Tiger has collected Rs 45 lakh in Bihar, according to figures released by movie monitor boxofficeindia.com. The all-India figures stand at Rs 31.23 crore, breaking Agneepath’s record of Rs 22 crore.

Trade pundits are expecting the all-India collections to zoom over the next few days leading up to Id next week and chances are that …Tiger could even cross the Rs 202 crore benchmark set by 3 Idiots.

Salman appears to have hit the bullseye for a fifth consecutive time after Wanted, Dabangg, Ready and Bodyguard, making him arguably India’s most bankable star at present and the most eligible to wear the crown of Lion Khan.

Asked the reason behind the landmark opening, president of Patna Cine Society R.N. Das said: “Actors like Salman, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar bring good business. Their image plays a significant role as far as first-day collection is concerned. Even if the script is not fascinating, people love to watch them on the screen. Cinegoers believe they will get action, drama, comedy, emotion and good music in their films. This is what happened with Ek Tha Tiger. It was certainly the most-awaited film of the year.”

In the film, Salman (Tiger) plays a Research and Analysis Wing agent and Katrina Kaif (Zoya) is an Inter Services Intelligence spy. Four years after delivering a disastrous Yuvvraaj, the pair worked together again in the Yash Raj action-thriller.

However, more than the romance, the action left a lasting impact on the audience. For the cine buffs, it was a kind of celebration at the theatres. They shouted, whistled and jumped as Salman executed the tiger’s daredevilry on screen.

A resident of Boring Road, Rohit Kumar (25), said: “The film gave a Hollywood feel. Salman’s decision to work with Yash Raj’s banner worked in his favour. It’s a sheer delight seeing him on the screen. He can make you believe that a star is powerful than a script.”

The long weekend will only add up to the film’s collection chart. Cinepolis manager Abhishek Ranjan said: “All shows are booked till Id.”