There were very good, if not huge expectations when it comes to the opening day numbers of Tubelight. After all, Salman Khan has been on a roll with 10 back to back Rs. 100/200/300 crore hits/blockbusters. Everything has been working just perfectly well for him since Dabangg  and last seven years have been a golden period for him. Hence, even though the promo of Tubelight met with a lukewarm response, one expected at least hard-core Salman Khan fans to throng theatres.
Of course, the superstar did mention at many platforms that this wasn’t a quintessential Salman release. Still, given the fact that it was given such a wide release [4350 screens], the potential was to top the Rs. 40 crore mark on Friday had the film been running at occupancy. After all, the film wasn’t given a niche release and hence when you bring it to theatres in such a big way, the collections too need to follow suit.
Unfortunately, this didn’t quite happen on Friday right from the opening itself. Agreed that the film wasn’t expected to have audience break barricades at the single screens. However, it was expected that multiplexes would be better. Well, they did see a better occupancy; however the kind of opening that a Salman Khan starrer has enjoyed traditionally was missing. All hopes were on afternoon and evening shows to get better. By that time though the word of mouth had spread that Tubelight wasn’t as entertaining as one thought even with controlled expectations. This reflected in the occupancy towards the night shows.
As a result, the film could garner opening numbers of only around Rs. 21.15 crore. While it was predicted that at least Rs. 25 crore would be there for the taking, the fact that the film saw lower collections in comparison pretty much signifies that it would be a task in itself for a major turnaround in days to come. Yes, there are two big holidays coming up in the form of Sunday and Monday [Eid]. However, with word of mouth spreading fast and critic as well as audience reviews not quite being glowing, one waits to see how much of the momentum picks up today for the Kabir Khan film.