Singham Returns has opened to packed houses across the country on its opening day. The average all India morning show occupancy was around 70-75% with single-screens opening to 80% plus occupancy. Multiplexes were lower, but good considering the fact that the film is running on multiple screens at each property.
The Ajay Devgn – Kareena Kapoor starrer was affected by the release of Suriya’s Tamil film Anjaan, which has taken a very good start in Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. In fact, the release of Anjaan has resulted in fewer shows for Singham Returns as the Tamil film has released on approx 125 screens in Karnataka.
However, it was Singham Returns all the way in circuits like Mumbai (huge opening in Maharashtra), Delhi/UP, C.P, C.I and East Punjab. Rajasthan also has taken a good start.
In Mumbai, the opening is better than Salman Khan’s Jai Ho, which released on a non-holiday while Singham Returns has benefitted hugely from an Independence Day release.
The early morning trends suggest opening day business of 20 cr plus. The advance booking for noon / evening shows is pretty good, so the film could put up a much bigger total.
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar’s Entertainment has dropped quite significantly at multiplexes and has lost out on almost all its single-screens. The film should finish with lifetime business of around 70 cr.