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Thugs of Hindostan, Padmaavat, Race 3 – meet the highest opening weekend grossers of 2018!

Padmaavat, Sanju, Thugs of Hindostan, Race 3, 2.0 took fantastic starts over the first weekend at the domestic box office

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2018 has been a drastically different year for Bollywood. Filmmakers have finally realised that a big-ticket movie will never work if they do not support it with good content, while also understanding that a small budget film can give them a massive return on investment and box office collections if it has an interesting and engaging plot. However, one thing remained constant and that is the box office openings. Unlike their lifetime collections, big budget films like Race 3, Thugs of Hindostan and even Zero collected some fantastic amounts over the opening weekend. While an opening weekend is important for the film’s momentum, how it sustains post it is not determined by the first three days figures and that was proved last year. But which film has the highest first weekend collection for 2018? Well, you are in for a surprise!

Thugs of Hindostan leads the way with an opening weekend collection of Rs 123 crore at the domestic box office. Though its lifetime collection is not much more than Rs 150 crore, the film did take a fantastic start in its first weekend, before crashing. Number two on the list is Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju, which went on to become the highest lifetime grosser of the year. Padmaavat, Race 3 and 2.0 complete the top 5; with Simmba, Baaghi 2, Gold, Zero and Satyameva Jayate making up the list of top 10 highest opening weekend grossers of 2018. Check out how much each of these movies made in their first weekend in the chart below!

While most of these went on to collect huge amounts in their lifetime run, a few like Zero, Race 3 and Thugs of Hindostan tanked at the domestic box office post their opening weekend. Clearly proving that anything can happen at the ticket window and the audience is the king. Anyway, which out of these highest opening weekend grossers was your favourite? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also watch this space, as Cine Blitz gets you all the updates from the world of Bollywood and box office right here.

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Box office collection report: Why Cheat India takes an average start; Fraud Saiyaan and Rangeela Raja are washouts

Here’s how Why Cheat India, Rangeela Raja and Fraud Saiyaan have started off at the domestic box office!

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Emraan Hashmi’s Why Cheat India, Arshad Warsi’s Fraud Saiyaan and Govinda’s Rangeela Raja were the major films that hit the screens this week. While all of them had low buzz before release, Why Cheat India was a film that we were looking forward to watch! And though it got decent reviews, the film has taken off on a very average note. On the other hand, Fraud Saiyaan and Rangeela Raja have got poor reviews. Apart from that, they have washed out at the box office too! It is not us, but the trade that is giving us this information. In fact, they mention to us that Uri: The Surgical Strike will steal the show and rule the box office in its second weekend.

Talking about this week’s releases, exhibitor and distributor – Akshaye Rathi mentioned to Cine Blitz exclusively, “Why Cheat India is the pick of the lot. It has taken an average opening, recording only 10 – 15 per cent occupancy in the morning shows. Fraud Saiyaan and Rangeela Raja had occupancies below 5 per cent. Uri: The Surgical Strike, on the other hand, is performing better and will continue its reign at the box office.” What do you guys have to say about this revelation? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Looking at the occupancies, we guess Why Cheat India will rake in Rs 2 – 3 crore on day one. On the other hand, Fraud Saiyaan and Rangeela Raja might collect less than Rs 1 crore at the box office. All three films need to buckle up for the weekend and need to see decent spikes to survive. In the meantime, stay tuned to Cine Blitz as we get you all the box office collection updates of Why Cheat India, Fraud Saiyaan, Rangeela Raja right here.

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Box office predictions: Manikarnika to take a massive opening, while Thackeray will start slow

Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray are all set to clash at the box office on January 25

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Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is all set to clash with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray. The two movies have set up a box office battle over this Republic Day weekend (January 25). And while we are keen to see both of them, we also want to know which one will emerge triumphant? Will it be Manikarnika or Thackeray? The fact that both of them are biopics of revolutionary Indian leaders has got everyone excited, including us! The buzz around both the film seems high, but looks like Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi will be the one taking a massive opening at the ticket window. Thackeray, on the other hand, will start off slowly at the domestic box office.

It’s not us, but the box office trackings that reveal this to us! Super Cinema’s forecasts and predictions are generally bang on and their latest update have left us stunned. According to them, Manikarnika will open to a day 1 collection of Rs 13 – 15 crore, which is massive for such a film, that too on a non-holiday Friday. Obviously, with Republic Day on the next day, there will be a major spike and it will end up with a massive first weekend collection. Thackeray, on the other hand, will only be able to rake in Rs 2.75 – 3.50 crore. Yes, it will benefit from the January 26 holiday, but the opening weekend collections won’t be massive.

Clearly, Kangana’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi will trump Nawazuddin’s Thackeray at the domestic box office. But, what do you guys have to say about this? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to Cine Blitz as we get you all the updates about Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Thackeray and their box office collections right here.

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Why Cheat India, Fraud Saiyaan, Bombairiya – January 18 sees a mega clash of six films at the Box Office

With six films releasing on the same day, Let’s take a look at this week’s lineup…

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January 18 releases

The New Year’s good times for Bollywood began from the first month itself, with URI:The Surgical Strike releasing in the second week, and going on to earn the numbers that it has. It was the best start the year could have. January 18, which is this Friday, is going to be a melting pot for releases and the first week with the maximum releases of this year so far.

This Friday, there are six films releasing together. Namely, Why Cheat India, The Lift Boy, Fraud Saiyaan, Bombairiya, Rangeela Raja, and 72 Hours. Starring Emraan Hashmi and also produced by him, Why Cheat India is a take on our education system and also the cheating that takes place at various levels in exams. The film which was initially supposed to release on January 25 was pulled back to January 18. Fraud Saiyaan is an Arshad Warsi and Saurabh Shukla starrer, a story about a con who marries different women and lives off their money. Bombairiya is a dark comedy starring Radhika Apte in the lead along with a huge ensemble cast. Debut director Jonathan Augustin‘s slice-of-life film The Lift Boy talks about a coming of age story. 72 Hours is a war-drama and Rangeela Raja is a comedy film with Govinda in the lead. Yes the platter is packed to capacity with so many films, but the quality is at risk. Judging and picking out from the trailers, we can’t honestly bid for many out of these, so individual numbers may initially be affected.

With these six releases this week, it is going to be fun to see the reviews and see who comes out as the winner. The major clash is of course, between Why Cheat India and Fraud Saiyaan, but the competition is between all of them. What we are most excited about is the clash awaited in the next week, which is January 25, when Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Thackeray will release together. The year 2019 has already begin with clashes, hits and lots of films releasing together, let’s see what the year has in store ahead.

 

 

 

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