Never would Indian filmmakers have thought that a day will come when a Hollywood superhero film would end up challenging the best opening day of a Hindi film, THUGS OF HINDOSTAN (50 crore plus). Yes, that day is here and AVENGERS-ENDGAME is threatening to break the 50 crore barrier and surpass TOH, as we await the final numbers trickling in.
In fact with an 85 percent occupancy, during the dreaded morning shows (where a 40-50 percent occupancy is termed as good) danger was looming large for all the Indian box-office records. As things stand, there are predictions for a 150 -175 crore opening weekend, unbelievable but true!
As far as Hindi cinema is concerned, the Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala multi-starrer, KALANK , featuring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri, Sonakhshi, Alia, Varun Dhawan and Aditya Roy, has a cut a sorry figure at the box-office netting just around 75 crore. And it means that the film will have to rely on non-theatrical rights plus the good overseas run ($6.50 m, boosted by Easter holidays) even for recovery!