Thugs Of Hindostan, the blockbuster Diwali release starring Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan might have not been acclaimed by the critics but is churning out good at the domestic box office. Helmed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the Yash Raj Films venture has collected a stupendous amount of Rs 52.25 crore on the first day of its release.
Also starring Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in key roles, the epic action-adventure drama has dethroned all the previous hits to record the highest single-day sales, including the Tamil and Telugu-dubbed versions. The Hindi version alone has made Rs 50.75 crore.
According to a report in Boxofficeindia.com, Thugs Of Hindostan has shattered the previous records of Rs 39.32 crore set by Salman Khan’s 2015 Diwali release Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Rs 40.73 crore net achieved by magnum opus Bahubali - The Conclusion (Hindi).
In terms of advance tickets’ sale also, Thugs Of Hindostan has surpassed many blockbusters except SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali –The Conclusion and Avengers: Infinity War.
"Thugs Of Hindostan has recorded the third highest pre-sales of all time with around Rs 27.50 crore net," Boxofficeindia.com reported.
Taking to Twitter, famous trade analyst Taran Adarsh also celebrated the 'historic' day 1 collection of the movie saying, "H-I-S-T-O-R-I-C *Day 1 biz* was expected, but the real test for #ThugsOfHindostan begins from *today onwards*... Will have to maintain the pace over the weekend [Fri to Sun] and *also on weekdays* to put up a MASSIVE TOTAL... Wait and watch situation right now!"
H-I-S-T-O-R-I-C *Day 1 biz* was expected, but the real test for #ThugsOfHindostan begins from *today onwards*... Will have to maintain the pace over the weekend [Fri to Sun] and *also on weekdays* to put up a MASSIVE TOTAL... Wait and watch situation right now!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) November 9, 2018
Meanwhile, expressing his happiness on the feat, director Vijay Krishna Acharya said, "Thugs Of Hindostan is the quintessential Hindi movie that we love to watch with our friends and families. We were lucky to get two of the biggest stars of our generation to come together for an out and out masala Diwali entertainer and we are humbled and ecstatic with the love and appreciation that audiences have showered on 'Thugs' to help the film create box office history on day one".
"We are thrilled to see that audiences across age groups, across India are loving Thugs Of Hindostan and have made our film a part of their Diwali plans. We made 'Thugs' with a vision to provide a pure festive entertainer for the entire family and this result is extremely gratifying for all of us at YRF," Acharya added.
However, the film has failed to receive a thumbs up from the critics and have been unanimously declared a snooze fest. Sooner or later time will reveal if the negative reviews of Thugs Of Hindostan make a significant dent in its box office collection.