The last hit debut vehicle was last year's "Heropanti," which launched Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon, who have now gone on to sign big projects. "Heropanti" had made Rs. 6.50 crores at the box office and had gone on to become a success due to its relatively tight budget.
Director Nikhil Advani's "Hero," which is the debut film of two actors from the Bollywood family, Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi, has also managed to bag a decent opening. The film, produced by Salman Khan, which has a higher budget than "Hero" had, is expected to make around Rs. 6 crores in India on day one. "Hero" did not manage to cross the collections of "Heropanti" on day one. And that is likely to hold true also for the opening weekend collections.
The overall reviews have been quite bad, even though the newbies have received a decent response. The word of mouth too isn't good. This could affect the Saturday and Sunday business.
Still, thanks to Salman's promotional power, "Hero" has managed to get a decent enough start, and the newcomers will hope that the curiosity around them helps keep collections steady over the week.