Despite getting mixed response from film critics, Bollywood movie Bodyguard has received a grand reception from the movie buffs. Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer has broken the opening day record of Dabangg and 3 Idiots at the Box Office with its collection crossing Rs 22 crores on the first day of its release.
Aamir Khan starrer movie 3 Idiots had set a record at the Box Office by grossing Rs 13 crores on the opening day. But Salman Khan's previous release Dabangg had erased this mark with its collection of Rs 14.5 crores. Now, his latest movie Bodyguard has surpassed the first day collections of Dabangg.
Talking to the IANS, Reliance Entertainment chief strategy and marketing officer Priti Shahani said, "The response to the film has been amazing. We had estimated the collection to be Rs 20 crore on the first day and it went on to be Rs 21.5-22 crore net, which are phenomenal figures for the first day."
Meanwhile, Shahani did not forget to credit this success to Salman Khan, who is known as crowd-puller. He added, "Salman, no doubt, is the biggest driving factor as he has a huge fan following. A good release date is extremely crucial on the theatrical side and Salman and Eid are indeed a lethal combo."
Director Siddique's movie Bodyguard, which has been made with a budget of Rs 60 crores, was released on August 31 in India with 2,600 prints and 325 prints overseas. The figures for overseas collection have not been revealed yet. The producers of the film are very happy with its performance in Indian Box Office. Now, they hope that the film will go beyond their expectations in International Box Office too.
However, Salman Khan's movies like Dabangg and Wanted were released during Eid festival and they have become blockbusters. Now, his latest movie Bodyguard, which has been released on Eid day, has proved that this festival is lucky for the actor. It has also proved lucky to director Siddique, who is debuting in Bollywood with this movie.