Bodyguard breaks Bollywood’s box office records

2011-09-02 09:38

The new Bollywood thriller Bodyguard has broken the Indian box office records in its first two days, industry analysts announced today, predicting that it will also surpass opening weekend benchmarks.

The film sees Salman Khan (45), a veteran of 80 Hindi films, play a bodyguard to an MBA student Divya, played by Kareena Kapoor.

Bodyguard is a remake of last year’s Malayalam-language film of the same name. “Salman Khan’s ‘Bodyguard’ has smashed all previous records and has emerged the biggest opener ever in the history of Hindi cinema,” wrote Taran Adarsh on the bollywoodhungama.com website.

The film took 215 million rupees (about R33 million) on Wednesday and about R28 million yesterday, taking the two-day total to R61 million, he said, using figures from studio Reliance Entertainment.

Both days were public holidays in India. “The business is expected to zoom upwards from Friday (today) onwards, when the weekend begins,” Khan wrote.

Film critic Adarsh said Bodyguard was also on course to break the record for opening weekend takings.According to the boxofficeindia.com website, which tracks cinema takings, Khan’s award-winning corrupt cop film from last year, Dabangg (meaning Fearless), holds the record for first day takings in India with 193.4 million rupees gross.

Dabangg also holds the record for first weekend takings with 653.4 million rupees and for the first week at 1.08 billion rupees. Aamir Khan’s 2009 film Three Idiots holds the record for all-time takings with 2.69 billion rupees.

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