As expected, the Aamir Khan-starrer Talaash has opened with a bang at the box office. The film is doing better at multiplexes than at single screen theatres.
Directed by Reema Kagti and also starring Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji, Talaash opened to a very positive response from cinegoers. The occupancy at multiplexes in the morning shows ranged between 60 to 80 percent, and the footfalls only got louder as the day passed. By evening, the response at multiplexes was just terrific. In comparison, the footfalls at single screen theatres weren’t as much, but the crowds may come in during the weekend.
Early estimates say the film has raked in between Rs. 14.50 to Rs. 15 crore on its opening day, which is a good start for a film releasing on a non-festive weekend. Trade pundits feel the film could touch the 19-20 crore mark either on Saturday or Sunday.
The critical reviews have mostly been positive and the audience response very heartening. The moviegoers have particularly liked the suspense of the film.
Not just in India, Talaash has opened well at box office abroad as well, particularly in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Just for comparison, Talaash has opened better than other non-festive releases of the year like Barfi! (Rs. 8.5 crore) or Bol Bachchan (11.75 crore) or Cocktail (10.75 crore).
If Talaash picks momentum over the weekend and maintains it on the weekdays, we won’t be surprised if the film enters the Rs. 100 crore-club in the first week itself.