- On opening day, 'Bharat' made a score of Rs 42.30 crore
- This marks Salman's highest opener ever
- 'Bharat' is also Salman's highest Eid opener
Salman Khan. Enough said. The charisma of the 53-year-superstar was witnessed once again on Eid this year when Bharat opened across 4,700 screens in India and recorded an impressive score of Rs 42.30 crore - Salman Khan's biggest Eid blockbuster and his highest opening day collection ever. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh, who shared an analysis of Bharat's opening day performance, wrote: "Salmania grips the nation... Bharat storms the BO... Proves *yet again* Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller... Bharat opens much bigger than Salman-Ali Abbas Zafar's Tiger Zinda Hai [Rs 34.10 cr] and Sultan [Rs 36.54 cr]... Wed Rs 42.30 cr. India biz." Bharat also battled the India-South Africa World Cup match on Eid and emerged victorious.
Bharat clearly checked off more than one box on the box office report card and in doing so, it pushed Salman's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, with a Rs 40 crore Day 1 collection, to the second spot on the list of his highest-scoring opening day movies - "Emerges Salman's biggest opener ever, surpassing *Day 1* biz of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo," tweeted Mr Adarsh. And like we said, Bharat defeated Sultan to be "Salman's biggest Eid opener, surpassing *Day 1* biz of Sultan [Rs 36.54 cr]."
#Bharat hits the ball out of the park on Day 1...— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 6, 2019
Emerges Salman's biggest #Eid opener, surpassing *Day 1* biz of #Sultan [Rs 36.54 cr].
Emerges Salman's *biggest opener ever*, surpassing *Day 1* biz of #PremRatanDhanPayo [Rs 40.35 cr].
#Salmania grips the nation... #Bharat storms the BO... Proves *yet again* Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller... #Bharat opens much bigger than Salman - Ali Abbas Zafar's #TigerZindaHai [Rs 34.10 cr] and #Sultan [Rs 36.54 cr]... Wed Rs 42.30 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 6, 2019
#Bharat sets the BO on ... East, West, North, South... Multiplexes, single screens... Metros, non-metros... Day 1 biz was mind boggling across the board, despite tough opposition from the crucial and much-hyped cricket match [#IndvSA#CWC19].— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 6, 2019
Meanwhile, an elated Salman Khan tweeted this and shared about his "proudest" moment from the film's screening:
Big thk u sabko fr giving sabse bada opening mere career ka par what made me the happiest & proudest is ki during a scene in my film jab national anthem is recited ev1 stood up as a mark of respect. There could be no bigger respect for our country than this... Jai Hind #Bharat— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) June 6, 2019
Mr Adarsh also attached a list of Salman Khan's Eid releases with his evaluation for Bharat - films such as Sultan, Race 3, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kick, Bodyguard rank below Bharat.
Salman Khan and #Eid... *Day 1* biz— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 6, 2019
2010: #Dabangg Rs 14.50 cr
2011: #Bodyguard Rs 21.60 cr
2012: #ETT Rs 32.93 cr
2014: #Kick Rs 26.40 cr
2015: #BajrangiBhaijaan Rs 27.25 cr
2016: #Sultan Rs 36.54 cr
2017: #Tubelight Rs 21.15 cr
2018: #Race3 Rs 29.17 cr
2019: #Bharat Rs 42.30 cr
Bharat has also topped 2019's list of highest-opening day movies with Kalank, Kesari, Gully Boy and Total Dhamaal, making up the rest of the list.
Top 5 *Day 1* biz... 2019 releases...— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 6, 2019
1. #Bharat Rs 42.30 cr [Wed]
2. #Kalank Rs 21.60 cr [Wed]
3. #Kesari Rs 21.06 cr [Thu]
4. #GullyBoy Rs 19.40 cr [Thu]
5. #TotalDhamaal Rs 16.50 cr [Fri]
Note: HINDI films. India biz.
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat also stars Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Jackie Shroff and Sunil Grover. The movie opened to middling reviews on Wednesday.