Tiger Zinda Hai

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer “Tiger Zinda Hai” has smashed three box-office records in the first four days of its release. (Tiger Zinda Hai/Twitter photo)

MUMBAI—This Tiger is on a rampage, devouring so many records to become the BIGGEST original Hindi hit of 2017. To eclipse a movie that was originally in Telugu, “Bahubali2: The Conclusion” (April 2017), whose Hindi version crossed 500 cr. in India is a distant dream, but in a Salman Khan-Yash Raj Films combination, in which strong content meets stronger distribution and marketing, the sky can literally be the limit.

It also remains to be seen if it can cross the highest money-spinners in Hindi cinema and how it will fare vis-à-vis the biggest of them all – “Dangal.” But, as of now, records tumble as Khan’s mega action blockbuster created history again on Day 4 (Christmas), recording the highest-ever collection by a Hindi film during a 4-day extended holiday weekend

By doing so, “Tiger Zinda Hai” has smashed three box-office records in the first four days of its release. On day 3, it set two big records. First, it recorded the biggest ever single-day collection by a Hindi film as it collected Rs. 45.53 crore nett. Second, it also breezed past the previous record of the highest ever 3-day weekend collection held by “Sultan” (Rs. 105.53 cr.) in 2016 (again a YRF film), as it amassed Rs.114.93 crore nett in India in just three days! The others in the Top Five Weekend earners are:

“Dangal” (2016): Rs. 105.01 crore

“Happy New Year” (2014): Rs. 104 crore

“Bajrangi Bhaijaan” (2015): Rs. 102.60 crore

And while Salman Khan has bagged three films of these top 5 in the first, 2nd and 5th positions, writer-director Ali Abbas Zafar gets the honor of having the top two films along with Khan and Yash Raj Films.

The record still stays with “Bahubali2: The Conclusion” (Hindi version), which had brought in Rs.128 crore over the weekend.

Here, incidentally, are the highest openers in Hindi film history, with “Tiger Zinda Hai” opening at the all-time 6th position. What is noteworthy again is that Khan is in four of the 10 films, Yash Raj Films have four films here, and Zafar and Rohit Shetty (#9 & #10) account for 4 of the 10 films!

1. Happy New Year: Rs. 44.97 crore (Diwali 2014)

2. Bahubali 2 – The Conclusion: Rs. 41 crore

3. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Rs. 40.35 crore (Diwali 2015)

4. Sultan : Rs. 36.54 crore (Eid 2016)

5. Dhoom:3: Rs. 36.22 crore (Christmas week 2013)

6. Tiger Zinda Hai: Rs. 34.10 crore Updated figure (Christmas week 2017)

7. Chennai Express: Rs. 33.12 crore (Eid 2013)

8. Ek Tha Tiger: Rs. 32.93 crore (Eid 2012)

9. Singham Returns: Rs.32.09 crore

10. Golmaal Again: Rs. 30.14 crore (Diwali 2017)

In the 2017 hierarchy, “Tiger Zinda Hai” tops the originally Hindi films again in opening-day collections

Bahubali2: The Conclusion: Rs. 41 crore

Tiger Zinda Hai: Rs. 34.10 crore (updated)

Golmaal Again: Rs. 30.14 crore

Tubelight: Rs. 21.15 crore (Eid 2017)

Raees: Rs. 20.42 crore (Republic Day 2017)

Judwaa 2: Rs.16.10 crore

Jolly LLB 2: Rs. 13.2 crore

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha: Rs. 13.1 crore

Baadshaho: Rs. 12.6 crore

Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Rs. 12.25 crore

Kaabil (11th highest, but 10th in original Hindi): Rs. 10.43 crore

And while collections overseas are growing, “Tiger Zinda Hai” is said to have had a Rs. 43 crore-plus opening weekend, with more than Rs. 8.8 crore coming from USA alone.

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