Dunki Box Office Estimate Day 1: Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki collects Rs. 31 crores; emerges as the 2nd biggest opener for Raju Hirani

Shah Rukh Khan and Rajkumar Hirani’s first-ever collaboration, Dunki, has taken a good start at the box office in India. According to early estimates, the Rajkumar Hirani-directed immigration drama has collected in the range of Rs. 30 to 32 crores on its opening day. The start is a little below what was expected, but nonetheless, it’s a good opening for this SRK-led social comedy.

The top 3 chains – PVR, Inox, and Cinepolis – have collected in the range of Rs. 18 crores nett on the first day, contributing 56 percent to the total business of Dunki. The film being a story set in Punjab has fared the best in Delhi and Punjab, followed by Shah Rukh Khan’s den, West Bengal. The opening is good in Mumbai too; however, the mass belts are below expectations.

Dunki is the second biggest opener for director Rajkumar Hirani after his 2018 directorial, Sanju, which opened at Rs. 34 crores. The start in monetary terms is similar to the Aamir Khan-led PK, though the footfalls are lower. The initial word of mouth seems to be positive and this will help the film get long legs at the box office and emerge as a major success.

With Dunki. Shah Rukh Khan is looking to score a hat trick of success and the early reports of the audience indicate that it could well be a big grosser. The film will face competition from Salaar on December 22 and it’s the trend from tomorrow that will tell us how far the film can go. If Dunki manages to stay in the same range as opening day, it is poised to be a mammoth blockbuster at the box office.

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