Has ‘Brahmastra’ broken Bollywood’s Box Office Curse?

‘Brahmastra’ seems to have broken Bollywood’s box-office curse by garnering the biggest non-holiday opening day collection.

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The film was released on 5019 screens in India.

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva had a great start in theatres across the world as it was released on September 10, 2022, in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.

Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt together for the first time, the Ayan Mukerji directorial opened at a worldwide gross collection of Rs. 75 crores.

The film’s producer Karan Johar shared the update on Instagram and captioned his post:

“Humbled… Grateful…but yet can’t control my excitement!”

The post says: “Worldwide box office gross day 1 Rs. 75 crores. Brahmastra Part One: Shiva. Thank you.”

According to Boxofficeindia.com, it collected in the range of Rs. 35-36 crores in all versions at the domestic box office on day one.

This makes it the highest non-holiday release in Hindi, only after Baahubali: The Conclusion.

The report stated that the Hindi version alone collected Rs. 32-33 crore net on the opening day.

Another report from the portal said the film is headed for a worldwide collection of over Rs. 200 crores in its opening weekend.

Produced by Star Studios and Dharma Productions, Brahmastra is currently running in theatres in 2D, 3D and Imax 3D.

It also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna Akkineni.

The film’s Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam versions are presented by SS Rajamouli of RRR and Baahubali fame.

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on September 10, 2022, that the film was released on 5019 screens in India and on around 3894 screens overseas, making it a total screen count of 8,913 screens.

The film has also recorded a decent advance booking for the weekend.

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva is the first in Ayan Mukerji’s Astraverse trilogy. It is being praised for the use of VFX in bringing action scenes to life on screen.

Although Brahmastra has seen a healthy opening, it has received mixed reviews.

India Today called the film a solid opening in the franchise and said that it has the potential to compete with Hollywood’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In its review, NDTV wrote: “Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, ambitious and entertaining, has the makings of a blockbuster of the sort that Bollywood has been desperately seeking for a while.”

However, Financial Express was not a fan of the film.

The review stated that Mouni Roy and the songs were the only positive aspects.

According to Financial Express, the VFX was a disappointment given that director Ayan Mukerji promised it would rival the MCU, concluding that Brahmastra might be okay for children.

Similarly, The Wire said Brahmastra “lacks vitality, momentum, and intrigue”.

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