Salman Khan has been the undisputed king of the box office for a long time now. The collection of his last five films at the ticket counters is proof of him being a phenomenon in the world of Hindi cinema. And, now with Race 3, the trade gurus are expecting no less from the Sultan of Bollywood. Also, with stars like Anil Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez among others leading the third film of the Race franchise, it is expected to open to smashing box office numbers.
Trade analyst Girish Johar believes that Salman’s charm is already working on his fans and the action-thriller might break some box office records in its initial days. Talking to indianexpress.com, Johar said, “Eid hasn’t been announced as of now still Salman’s charm is working on his fans. Also, Anil Kapoor has left the audience excited for the film and Race 3 is expected to earn Rs 30 crore on its opening day.” He also predicted that the film which has got more than 3500 screens will touch 100 crore mark in its opening weekend itself.
The previous two films in the franchise raked in moolah and went on to become blockbuster hits. Race, released in the year 2008, made a total collection of Rs 60.83 crore and 2013 release Race 2 entered the coveted 100 crore club. It earned Rs 100.45 crore.
On being asked if Race 3 will surpass the opening records of Salman’s last release Tiger Zinda Hai, Johar said, “It cannot be said as the advance booking for the Ali Abbas Zafar film began much before the release of the film but bookings for Race 3 have just begun.” Tiger Zinda Hai earned Rs 34.10 crore on day one.
However, this seems to be a golden time for all Salman Khan fans. While Race 3 has hit the screens today, the audience witnessed him spilling his charm in the recently released teasers of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero and his home production Loveratri.
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