The first day numbers of Himmatwala are in, and they are a reflection what the critics and the reactions on Social media had us expecting, the figures are below par for a film of it’s size.
The collections at multiplexes in urban centres picked up slowly since the evening primarily due to the next day being a Saturday. Even the wide release (3200 screens) couldn’t help it overcome the impact of the negative reports. The first day nett collections have come in at 11 crore.
The single screen dominated areas like UP, CP Bihar, Rajasthan, Bihar and parts of Maharashtra outperformed almost every other release of 2013. Delhi and West Bengal have disappointed (not surprising since these territories have never put up great figures for Ajay Devgn starrers). Himmatwala’s fate is now solely dependent on the single screen dominated masala loving centres.
The feedback is almost universally negative, and the film will find it impossible to hold up as well as a film of it’s magnitude should have. The day-to-day growth in the weekend numbers is likely to be average. It will get just the normal weekend growth owing to the lack of positive word-of-mouth. Our 3 day weekend prediction for Himmatwala is 36 crore.