Fulfilling many early predictions,Salman Khan’s Eid release,Ek Tha Tiger (ETT), has alreadycrossed the Rs. 100 crore mark.The film, which released onAugust 15, opened with arecord-breaking Rs. 33 cr, a leadof Rs. 11 cr over the Rs. 22 crthat Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepathraked in earlier this year.Sunday alone brought in Rs.23 cr, adding to the Rs. 14.52 crmade on day two,Rs. 12.90 cr onday three and Rs. 16.75 crbrought in on the fourth day.
These figures do not include yesterday’sEid collections, whichwould have further raised thebounty.Trade analyst Amod Mehrasays, “The rate at which it isgoing, ETT will touch Rs. 150 crwithin the first nine days whichis phenomenal for any film.” Heis convinced the movie won’tlose steam in the coming weeks,explaining, “ETT has no competitionfrom any big film. Eventhough Shirin Farhad Ki TohNikal Padi releases this Friday, itwon’t affect the film’s collections.
”Ask Big Cinemas COOAshish Saxena to predict thefinal collections tally and he says,“ETT will reach the Rs. 200 crmark with ease. It’s in the sameleague as 3 Idiots (2009). Its boxofficeperformance has beenexceptional. Also, the comingdays will see a reasonably highcollection from up north.”Ashish adds, “Our advancebookings were sold out sincebefore the film released. Besides,the coming weekend will alsowork hugely in its favour.
”Prakhar Joshi, exhibitor,PVR Cinemas says, “We expectedthis film to do well from thebeginning. There may be a slightdrop in the coming days, but theweekend will make up for it.That will determine whether thefilm makes Rs. 200 cr or not.”