Agneepath, after a stupendous start on Republic Day (January 26), faced a steep fall in collections on Friday (January 27). As against a total net collection of Rs. 23 crore on the first day, the remake of the 1990 film of the same name netted Rs. 12–12.5 crore on day two.
Collections have picked up again today (January 28), which is the third day. It is quite normal for collections to come sliding down after a major holiday like Republic Day. Still, the fall of around 45-48% on the second day sent shock-waves in the industry. Those in the trade, who had not liked the remake, went into overdrive predicting doom for the film. However, a lot of tongues have stopped wagging today as the graph is showing an upward swing.
Maharashtra being the best on Friday, probably because of the Marathi touch and Maharashtrian characters in the film. A clear trend emerging all over India is that single screen audiences seem to be loving the high-on-violence film whereas the reactions of the multiplex audience is divided. The youth is liking the film more than the older generation. Also a section of the womenfolk is not too excited after watching the film, thanks mainly to the excessive violence, blood and gore.
Not withstanding the dip in collections yesterday, the fact remains that the film will fetch huge profits for all concerned because it got a phenomenal start. In fact, its opening day collections were more than those of any other film so far including Bodyguard which had collected Rs. 21.5 crore on the day of its release which happened to be the day of Ramzan Eid last year. Pertinent to note that the second day of Bodyguard was just as strong as the first day because Muslims are known to throng to the cinemas not just on the day of Ramzan Id but also on the following day.