With numbers pouring in from all over, the first day collections of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani are about 5-10% higher than what was estimated last night (Read). The difference has been the business at single-screens where the film has exceeded all trade expectations.
At multiplexes too the film has done much better than what was expected prior to it’s release. In fact, the multiplex business at most centres is on par or higher than Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2!
A lot of people asked us if we were joking, when we published an article titled ‘Can YJHD beat Dabangg 2 – the highest non-holiday opener of all time’. But now that the actual figures from a couple of circuits are in, the film has an outside chance of crossing the 20 crore mark – to not only stake it’s claim on the highest non-holiday opening, but also double the first day collections of Ranbir Kapoor’s previous biggest opener Raajneeti.
Make no mistake, these are mind-boggling numbers for a film released on around 15% fewer screens than Dabangg 2! And while comparisons have only been made with non-holiday releases, the first day collections of YJHD is higher than most holiday releases.