Chulbul Pandey poised to overtake Tiger

Dabangg 2

The three-day opening collection of Dabangg 2, looks better than Salman Khan's holiday release, Ek Tha Tiger

2012 saw the release of two of Salman Khan's most anticipated film, Kabir Khan's Ek Tha Tiger and Arbaaz Khan's directorial debut Dabangg 2. While in the former, Salman, played a stylish RAW agent, in the latter he reprised the role of the most loved desi police officer, Chulbul Pandey.

With the industry speculating whether Dabangg 2 would break the record of Salman's Eid release, Ek Tha Tiger, the verdict has fallen in favour of the Salman-Sonakshi starrer, Dabangg 2.

According to a reliable source, the opening collection of Dabangg 2 surpassed Ek Tha... Dabangg 2 collected `65.16 crore over the weekend while Ek Tha..., which had a mega release on Independence Day (which was on a Wednesday), collected `57 crore in its first three days. But will it break the domestic collection of Ek Tha.. which was pegged at `199.03 crore remains to be seen.

As per a trade analyst, who refused to be named, "Dabangg 2 suffered on day one, and could not match up to Ek Tha Tiger, which earned `32 crore on the opening day. Therefore, it had a low opening, which later dropped by 10 per cent, but picked up on Sunday." The analyst further added that the story of the film, post the interval loses its plot, and acts as a spoiler in the film's business. "If the second half of the film was better, then it could break the overall mark of Ek Tha...," adds the source.

As far as 'plexes are concerned, a source related to a famous multiplex, said that with no big release in the next two weeks, Dabangg 2 which had an overall occupancy of 65 per cent in the opening week will pick up.

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