This first event film of the year Bajrangi Bhaijaan will release tomorrow and should get off to a strong start due to the draw of Salman Khan but there are a few headwinds the film will have to face initially.
The film will lose around 1 crore nett plus on day one as Baahubali is retaining the good collecting cinemas in the South. Bajrangi Bhaijaan will be hit in Nizam and Bangalore mainly as Hindi films collect best here compared to the rest of South but it won’t be releasing on many good collecting single screens.
This won’t be an issue in the long run as long as core Hindi film markets sustsin well then a big total is a certainty. It is also pre Eid which keeps some of the Muslim audience away but last year Kick clocked up a huge 25 crore nett plus on Pre Eid so here the expectations are that and a bit more but if it gets above the Kick number it would be extraordinary considering the situation and also the film. The promos have been limited on action which is an important factor for initials especially Salman Khan starrers whereas Kick last year was presented as a blockbuster action film. The number should be big but maybe not as big as the expectations but with Eid falling on Saturday the film could go anywhere on day two and day three especially if public reports are on plus side.