MUMBAI: Ranbir Kapoor has registered the biggest opening day of his career and of the year with the Sanjay Dutt biopic, Sanju which was released on Friday. The movie earned Rs34 crore on its opening day.
It is expected to generate Rs100 crore in a week. According to the Indian media, while the reviews might have been mixed, the audiences turned out in droves for the highly anticipated film. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film registered the biggest opening day figures for 2018.
He tweeted on Saturday that Sanju had notched a ‘phenomenal total’ on its first day of release, in addition to being the biggest debut of Ranbir Kapoor’s career. He predicted that the film is likely to cross the coveted Rs100 crore mark in its opening weekend based on the trends.
Sanju leapt ahead of the opening day numbers of Salman Khan’s recent Race 3, which made Rs29 crore, Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 2 made Rs25 crore, Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat which opened on a Thursday grabbed Rs 24crore including Wednesday previews and the ensemble comedy Veere Di Wedding made Rs10 crore.
Ranbir Kapoor who received acclaim for his lead performance in the film has crossed his previous record. His biggest opener before Sanju was the critically acclaimed Besharam which had made Rs21 crore on its opening day.
Sanju has a 43% score on review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes. The Hindustan Times review said that “Sanju is another gem in Ranbir Kapoor’s repertoire, however the same can’t be said about Rajkumar Hirani. Sanju is watchable but is a very average fare.”