“Ranbir Kapoor Roars: ‘Animal’ Emerges as Bollywood’s Second-Biggest Opener, Rakes in ₹116 Crore Worldwide on Day 1”

In a cinematic spectacle that has set box office records ablaze, Ranbir Kapoor’s latest venture, “Animal,” has stormed the theatres, grossing a staggering ₹116 crore globally on its opening day. This remarkable feat surpasses the much-celebrated Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, “Pathaan,” which collected ₹57 crore on its debut day.

Box Office Triumph: “Animal” has orchestrated a triumph at the domestic box office, amassing ₹63.8 crore nett in India on its opening day. Despite the mixed reviews, with critics questioning its portrayal of relationships, the Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial has resonated with audiences, echoing the success of Vanga’s previous creation, “Kabir Singh.”

Global Impact: The global reception has been no less awe-inspiring, with the film grossing ₹76.1 crore in India and an additional ₹39.9 crore overseas. The movie garnered significant attention across regions, with impressive occupancy rates in key cities.

  • Delhi NCR witnessed 79% occupancy in 1318 shows.
  • Mumbai, with 1040 shows, boasted an occupancy rate exceeding 55%.
  • In Hyderabad, the Telugu version secured an impressive 82% occupancy across 316 shows.
  • Chennai, however, saw a modest 30% occupancy in 88 shows for the Tamil version.

Toppling Records: “Animal” now claims the coveted second spot for the highest opening day collection, dethroning “Pathaan.” The current record-holder for 2023’s biggest opener remains Shah Rukh Khan’s “Jawan,” which grossed ₹75 crore nationwide on its opening day. “Tiger 3” follows closely behind with a collection of ₹44.50 crore.

Competition at the Box Office: While “Animal” has eclipsed its competition, notably Vicky Kaushal’s “Sam Bahadur,” which secured ₹5.5 crore nett in India, the polarized response to Ranbir Kapoor’s film opens avenues for a potential turn in fortune for Vicky Kaushal’s project.

Comparative Success: Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s previous blockbuster, “Kabir Singh,” kicked off its box office journey with ₹20.21 crore in 2018, ultimately soaring to over ₹278 crore nett during its Indian theatrical run. For Ranbir Kapoor, who garnered his biggest theatrical hit with Rajkumar Hirani’s “Sanju” at ₹342.53 crore, “Animal” not only marks a new milestone but also establishes itself as his biggest opener to date, surpassing the ₹34.75 crore debut of “Sanju.”

The box office roar of “Animal” continues to reverberate, leaving an indelible mark on Bollywood’s record books.

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