The much-awaited action film Salaar Part 1 Ceasefire, starring Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran, and Shruti Haasan, roared into theaters on December 22nd and has since ignited the box office. Directed by Prashanth Neel, the film has exceeded expectations with its phenomenal opening day collection, setting new records and marking a strong cinematic return for Prabhas.
Early Box Office Numbers Promise a Blockbuster Run
Pre-release hype surrounded Salaar, fueled by Prabhas’ immense popularity and director Prashanth Neel’s proven track record with the KGF franchise. This translated into a staggering Rs 48 crore in advance bookings, hinting at a promising opening day performance. However, even the most optimistic forecasts were surpassed when the film raked in an estimated Rs 95 crore nett in India alone on its first day.
This figure not only makes Salaar the biggest opening of 2023 in India, surpassing Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki, but also cements its place as one of the highest-grossing opening days ever for an Indian film. Worldwide, the film’s estimated gross stands at a staggering Rs 165 crore, further solidifying its box office dominance.
After the lukewarm reception of his previous film Adipurush, Salaar marks a resounding comeback for Prabhas. The film has been showered with praise for its high-octane action sequences, gripping storyline, and Prabhas’ electrifying performance. This massive opening day collection is a testament to his enduring fan base and his ability to draw audiences to the theaters.
Salaar Overseas Box Office Performance
The film’s success transcends geographical boundaries. Salaar has performed exceptionally well in overseas markets, particularly in the USA and North America, where it secured the second spot in the top 5 premieres gross for Indian movies with $2.60 Million. This impressive feat places it behind only RRR in this prestigious category.
While not quite matching the stratospheric opening of KGF 2, Salaar’s box office performance is another feather in Prashanth Neel’s cap. His ability to craft captivating action-packed narratives that resonate with audiences is undeniable, and Salaar is a powerful testament to his directorial prowess.
With its record-breaking opening day collection, Salaar has set the stage for a phenomenal box office run. The film’s strong critical reception and positive audience word-of-mouth suggest that its success is likely to continue well into the coming weeks. Salaar is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, and its impact on the Indian film industry is only just beginning.