Karan Johar's Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani shines with a positive opening, aiming for bigger numbers.
Karan Johar's highly anticipated film Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani made an impressive start on its first day, collecting Rs. 11.10 crore. The movie's initial reception was similar to some past successful releases, showcasing promising potential.
As per Box Office India, notably, the film performed exceptionally well in the NCR belt, with Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida recording robust collections. The story's North Indian essence resonated with audiences in these regions. However, it experienced relatively lower numbers in UP and regions outside Gurgaon. This was somewhat expected, as films featuring Ranveer Singh have historically underperformed in these areas.
Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani carries a unique flavour that primarily caters to metropolitan audiences, especially those frequenting multiplexes. As such, its success in these circuits is crucial for the film's overall performance. With strong block bookings and a substantial concentration of business in metros, the movie is expected to witness growth in the coming days.
While the film's first-day collection was commendable, it is essential to note that the landscape for this genre has evolved significantly since the pre-pandemic era. While it could have possibly surpassed the Rs. 15 crore nett mark on a good day in the past, the current scenario calls for measured expectations.
The critical test lies in how Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani fares in the days to come, especially during the weekend. With Saturday traditionally witnessing growth, the film has the potential to leap 40–50% or even more. This resurgence can be attributed to the post-pandemic era, where cinemas have reopened and audience footfall is steadily increasing.
An encouraging sign comes from the overseas market, where the film has started on a positive note. The first day saw solid numbers, with projections hinting at a potential $1 million collection. The United States and Canada markets are likely to contribute around $500k, while Australia is expected to accumulate around A$110k. However, the final overseas numbers would largely depend on the Gulf region's performance.
As the weekend unfolds and word-of-mouth spreads, Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani is poised for an exciting journey ahead. With its unique storyline by Ishita Moitra, Shashank Khaitan, and Sumit Roy, a star-studded cast including Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh, and Alia Bhatt, and their captivating performances, the film has all the makings of a box office success, both at home and internationally.