Salman Khan’s spy thriller sequel Tiger Zinda Hai bared its teeth on Saturday and brought some much-needed bite to the Bollywood box office, both domestically and overseas. The Ali Abbas Zafar-written and directed action pic followed up its Rs 33.75 crore / $5.3 million domestic Friday debut on 4,600 screens with a solid Saturday performance that had many evening screenings running at 80 percent occupancy and higher.Not just that the film has also become the second highest opener of 2017. Trade Analyst named the top openers of 2017 and no surprises there that SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 topped the list, Tiger Zinda Hai has taken the second spot beating Rohit Shetty’s Diwali dhamaka Golmaal Again and even Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees.
That’s an excellent start given the generally downbeat pulse of India’s cinema business in 2017, and it will put Tiger Zinda Hai ahead of Golmaal Again in second place among the year’s biggest openings. But it’s not anywhere close enough to challenge Baahubali: The Conclusion for the number one spot. The Telugu-Tamil language epic netted ₹122 crore across India on its first day alone.
Overseas, business has been brisk, with the UAE, Australia, New Zealand and the USA all reporting solid numbers. In the U.S., Tiger has mounted $500,000 tally through Saturday. The new film won’t likely match Khan’s prior U.S. record of $8.1 million for 2015’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan but might have a shot at surpassing his third best grosser there, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which earned $4.3 million there two years ago.
Tiger Zinda Hai’s solid start gives its star Salman Khan room to breathe a bit easier after the disappointment of his last film, Tubelight, which earned only 64 crores in its opening frame.
So this Christmas, reel life Tiger and Zoya have a double reason to celebrate. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif along with Ali Abbas Zafar wished fans on Christmas and shared adorable pictures of the trio.
With no big Bollywood release till 12th January, we are sure Tiger Zinda Hai will continue to rule the box-office.