The long-awaited Mahesh Manjrekar directed gangster drama, Antim, with Aayush Sharma and Salman Khan released across the country across 3,500 screens. The film shares shows with John Abrahams Satyameva Jayate 2 across most monitors in the 1: 1 ratio. According to early estimates, the film has taken a reasonable start in the series ca. Rs. 5.25 to 6.00 crores.

Maharashtra is the best circuit for Antim, followed by Gujarat and Bihar, but the northern belts just do not fire at all. The collections are simply bad in Delhi and Punjab and it is a bit surprising as Salman plays a Sikh cop. The gatherings jumped towards the evening and night shows, which is a positive sign that reflects a decent to good conversation among the audience.

These are reasonable numbers as it is not a conventional Salman Khan movie as the superstar is seen more in a support track to the main character Aayush Sharma around whom the story is set. Sans Salman Khan, the film would have struggled to open for even a million dollars, and his face value has been translated into respectable business on day one.

The leap towards evening and night shows on Friday has given the film a great platform to grow over the weekend, and now it’s just a matter of waiting and watching. While this is a fair opening, it is important for Antim to show growth over the weekend. A three-day figure in the range of Rs. 20 to 22 crores will be a reasonable result for Antim: The ultimate truth, and then it all boils down to crucial Monday tests. A lifetime number on the upside of Rs. 50 crore will be a good result for Antim, which takes it to the point of success.

The cost is reasonable and therefore there is not much pressure around recovery, yet half a century is a must for Antim for a respectable biz.

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