This Diwali sees the release of two Hindi films on Tuesday. Given its connection with the Ramayan and its sheer scale, Akshay KumarRam Setu has created the best buzz. The film is expected to beat its rival — Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra’s Thank God. But the numbers aren’t going to be anywhere close to last year’s Diwali hit — Sooryavanshi which also starred Akshay. According to trade sources, the film might manage to earn more than half of what Sooryavanshi managed on its first day. Read also: Ram Setu Jai Shree Ram song merges religion and science. I’m watching
Ram Setu, directed by Maneesh Sharma, also stars Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha. The film is an action adventure set around the mythical Ram Setu (Adam’s Bridge) mentioned in the Ramayana. Since Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya in the same saga, the film is slated to evoke popular sentiments.
According to transaction tracker Sacnilk, Ram Setu has booked in advance ₹1.7 crore for the first day till Monday evening. The number is expected to reach approx ₹2 crore advance booking closes later on Monday night. According to trade sources, the film is likely to earn somewhere ₹12-14 crore on the first day in net domestic collections. The number can go as high as ₹16-17 crore if it is well received by critics and generates positive word of mouth. The number is higher than what Thank God is expected to record on Tuesday ( ₹10-12 crore).
However, as far as Diwali releases go, the number ranks quite low. Akshay’s own film — last year’s Rohit Shetty actioner Sooryavanshi was cut ₹26.5 crore at the box office. Ram Setu would have to do well to win half of them. Anything higher would mean the film has done well. However, given the lean period for Bollywood films in 2022, this number might mean that it would end up as one of the best openings for a Hindi film this year. Since Ram Setu has an extended weekend of five days, a good word of mouth can lead to the film making a formidable opening weekend push and getting on track for a healthy gross. But this will largely depend on the content and how it is received by the public.
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