Salman Khan's Tiger avatar could well be on its way to becoming the biggest Bollywood hit of all times, after all. After creating the record of the highest opening day ever with a Rs. 32.92 crore earning on last Wednesday, Ek Tha Tiger has now broken all opening weekend records.
The Kabir Khan-directed film co-starring Katrina Kaif has earned a whopping Rs. 110 crore over a six-day extended weekend (including Eid, which fell on Monday) since its Independence Day release. Incidentally, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office.
The film had collected Rs. 92.5 crore till Sunday night in the domestic market. Monday being Eid, it proved to be a huge advantage, and collections actually remained almost at par with Saturday and Sunday.
The trade is abuzz with the prediction that Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore in less than a fortnight and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.
"The film has opened to a crazy response, so there are chances that the total box office collection will increase.
Since the film was strategically released on a week that includes Independence Day as well as Eid, it had an advantage," says trade analyst Vajir Singh.
The next week release is the Farah Khan-Boman Irani starrer romantic comedy Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi , which is not a very big release and therefore not considered a threat to the Salman-Katrina film.
Ek Tha Tiger registered 100 per cent occupancy in single screens as well as multiplexes across the country and raked in Rs. 32.92 crore on its opening day. The business dipped more than 50 per cent on Thursday and Friday but picked up on Saturday and Sunday.
Overall, the film notched up RS. 77.10 crore net in four days. Its breakup was Rs. 32.92 crore on Wednesday, Rs. 14.5 crore on Thursday, Rs. 12.9 crore on Friday and Rs. 16.75 crore on Saturday.