Dabangg 2 is the last big release of 2012 and looks like it will seal the year on a profitable note. The Salman Khan-starrer opened with a record-breaking collection of Rs.21.10 crore on the first day and trade pundits predict it will enter the Rs.100-crore club.
"The film has opened exceptionally well at the box office on Friday and on Saturday it collected around Rs.17 crore and was housefull on Sunday," Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines said.
According to him, it is a record breaking opening and that the sequel has broken the record of Rowdy Rathore which had opened with Rs.15.10 crore.
The film is rumoured to be made at a budget of Rs.50 crore and marks Arbaaz Khan's directorial debut.
"In Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, Dabangg 2 has collected around Rs.3.40 crore on Friday which was quite expected from Salman's film. We hope the film gets bigger and better tonight," said Brijesh Tandon.
Anand Verma of DT Cinema informed that at their centers it has got a "phenomenal response" despite a slow start on Friday morning and most of the shows have been "housefull".
However, Vinay Choksey of VIP Movies feels that Monday will be crucial to the movie.
He said, "The film was housefull on Sunday and it collected around Rs.20 to Rs.23 crore. We are only concerned about the Monday morning collections. We hope there won't be any dip on Monday."
In Mumbai, according to Manoj Desai, executive director of G7 multiplex and Maratha Mandir, Dabangg 2 was housefull at G7 and Maratha Mandir on Friday and Saturday. Even on Sunday the film is going housefull. Now let's see how the film does on Monday."
Will Dabangg 2 break the record of Salman's earlier release, Ek Tha Tiger, which earned Rs.33 crore on its opening day?
"I don't think it will break the record of Ek Tha Tiger, but the film will certainly cross Rs.100 crore without any doubt. Besides, Tuesday is a holiday (X-Mas), so the film will collect enough on Christmas."
Sunil Bansal of Yash Raj Jai Pictures Pvt Ltd said that in Rajasthan, the film amassed around "Rs.1.25 crore on day one. On Saturday, the film collected around Rs.90 lakh".
Opening in Orissa has been average, according to Jeetu Khandelwal of Movie Pioneers, who informed that "the film collected around Rs.30 lakh, but it is going housefull on Sunday".
"Nobody will ever face any loss with a Salman Khan film. But Ready and Bodyguard opened with better collection compared to this film," he added.
The film's first installment Dabangg was made at a budget of Rs.40 crore, and had collected Rs.145 crore. Let's see how much this one makes. Watch this space for updates.