Western territories of Maharashtra and Gujarat contributed as expected to the collections. In addition, the Bihar and heartland belt saw traction, too, while the South Indian dubs contributed nearly Rs 60 lakh in collection. The film was released in Hindi with Tamil and Telugu dubs (nearly 250 screens).
Made at a budget of Rs 75 crore, the film needs to make Rs 150 crore to break-even and book profits. Given the opening trend, this should be achieved in the first week itself.
Trade experts say the collections would sustain in the upcoming weeks, with the next weekend being the New Year’s eve.
Estimates peg the effect of demonetisation has played a role, but not to the extent as it was feared. Trade pundits put the collection impact of demonetisation at around 10% (which translates to a loss in the collection to Rs 3 crore).
The film has made close to $4 million overseas so far in the first two days and hopes to continue its healthy run over the festive weekend. While it opened well in the traditional Bollywood territories such as North America, the UK and the UAE, it went on to become the best Hindi film opener in Australia garnering $181,000.
Dangal is currently the second highest opener of 2016, after Salman Khan’s Sultan (Rs 36.54 crore), which released during Eid. It is also the second best opening for an Aamir Khan film, the best being Dhoom 3 which released in 2013 and fetched Rs 36 crore.
Interestingly, the top three openers this year, Sultan, Dangal and Fox Star Studios’ MS Dhoni - The Untold Story
are either based on sportspersons or have sports at its centre.