Bollywood Dabang Salman Khan’s Diwali release ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ made an impressive opening at box-office on first day today with an occupancy rate of 70 to 80 per cent. The Sooraj Barjatya-directed film marks Salman’s collaboration with the director and his banner, Rajshri Films after a gap of 16 years.
“The opening has been very strong. It should be somewhere around Rs 35-40 crore (today friday) as per early estimates. The weekend collection should be around Rs 110-120 crore. “The occupancy is 70-80 per cent even in multiplexes, which is a very good indicator. It is festive season, with Salman and Barjatya’s combo which is working,” said distributor Girish Wankhede. Taran Adarsh said the movie got the up due to the combination of Salman-Rajshri films. “The opening is phenomenal across the country.
The advance bookings and the buzz so far has been terrific,” he told PTI. The romantic-drama also stars Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Swara Bhaskar, Armaan Kohli and sees the comeback of the 49-year-old ‘Dabangg’ star’s much-loved character, ‘Prem’.
Earlier this year, Salman’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ took an opening of nearly 27.25 crore and “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” is expected to make more than that at the box office.