Released at 3105 screens (including 550 3D screens), the film raked in Rs. 15 crore nett on its opening day, despite Friday being a working day. The Christmas weekend will ensure a further spike in the collections and the estimates say the film might fare somewhere between Rs. 45-55 crore in its first weekend, which is exceptional. What remains to be seen is whether Don 2 manages to make more that Rs. 22.80 crore in any single day, a record (of highest single day collection for a Bollywood film) held by Shahrukh Khan’s previous release Ra.One.
Despite mixed critical reviews, the audience response has ranged between 70 to 90 percent at multiplexes. Some centres even ran housefull. The response, however, isn’t that terrific at single screens. It has ranged between 60 to 70 percent.
At overseas box office, the response to Don 2 has been very good. The film released in UK on Wednesday and made £202,000 in its first two days. The response was still better in the Middle East where the film made $385,000. It is expected that the total overseas collection of Don 2 might be in the range of Rs. 35 crore.
A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Shahrukh Khan and the Don team.