Ranveer Singh and Kabir Khan's much awaited 83 (Hindi) has opened in the expected range as the early estimates suggest opening day in the range of Rs. 15 to 16 crore. The film has fared well at the multiplexes, however, it was a no show at the single screens, which recorded below par occupancy all through the day.
The film has recorded the best collections in Maharashtra and Delhi, whereas the other metros too slowly caught up the pace towards the evening and night shows. The biz was benefited by the Christmas eve factor in the cities, and the base is now set for a strong Saturday and Sunday. The opening day collections are little below the expectations considering that it's among the costliest Hindi films of all time, but with Christmas holidays round the corner, one expects the biz to grow stronger by the day.
The three national chains have contributed around 60% to the total business, whereas the single screens as mentioned above stayed low. In-fact, in some mass belts, the 2nd Friday collections of Pushpa were higher than the opening day of 83. It's important for 83 to show a big jump in collections on Saturday and Sunday to put up a healthy weekend.
The opening day biz of 83 was impacted majorly by competition from Spiderman in the metros and Pushpa in the mass belts. Unfortunately, the Covid fear has also started seeping in again which is taking a psychological toll on the mindset of cine-going audiences. The cold wave in the north has also resulted in loss of some revenue on day one. Taking into account all factors, it's still a decent result for 83, and the eyes now are on the weekend as it's a must for this mega budget film to jump.
The reviews and audience talk seem to be on the positive side for now, specifically in the metros. The Hindi version aside, the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada version of 83 has put up an aggregate net of Rs. 1.50 crore approx, taking the overall day one total in the range of Rs. 16 crore plus.