India Box Office: Salman Khan Scores Highest-Opener With ‘Tiger 3’

Bollywood star Salman Khan scored his highest-ever opening with the new Hindi movie Tiger 3. The film is the third one in his hit spy-action franchise which features him as Indian spy Avinash Singh Rathore aka Tiger, alongside Katrina Kaif who essays the role of Pakistani spy Zoya. Tiger 3 released on Sunday, November 12, and has made gross earnings of $22 million in India in three days. The global gross for the film stands at $29 million. The film made nett collections of $17 million in the Indian market.

Produced by Yash Raj Films, Tiger 3 is directed by Maneesh Sharma, the film also features Emraan Hashmi as the main antagonist. It released in various languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu. With a worldwide gross score of $11.3 million on Sunday, Tiger 3 became Khan’s highest-ever opener, and the third best opening Hindi movie for the year 2023. Tiger 3 collections toppled Bharat and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

Tiger 3 made an opening collection of $2.25 million in the USA, making to the eigth slot on Comscore’s
list of top scoring movies for the weekend ending November 12. Comscore also listed Tiger 3 as the fourth highest-earning movie for the weekend across the globe.

Tiger 3 had a wide release with the film hitting theatres across 9000 screens worldwide. The speculative lack of releases around the film also allowed a larger window for Tiger 3 to score big. Additionally, November 12 may have been technically a Sunday. But, the release date was followed by two consecutive holidays in India – making it a typical weekend, with the added festivities of Diwali weekend.

Like most of his films, Khan’s Tiger 3 has also received mixed reviews, with most critics attacking a lack of rationality and coherence in the storyline. Cameos by Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan appear to have added to the film’s apppeal.

Written by Sridhar Raghavan, Tiger 3 follows the lead R&AW spy as he embarks on yet another mission outside India. This time, he is not just serving his country – he also needs to save his family, as well as Pakistan. While Kaif and Khan step back into their roles as they own it, Hashmi offers graceful and heavy performance in his role of the antagonist.

The sequences in the film often go haywire, and can be best described by one of the film’s dialogues. In his cameo, Pathaan (Shah Rukh Khan in his role of Indian spy Pathaan from his film Pathaan), tells Tiger that he relies on mental calculations and meticulously planned missions while the latter relies on style.

With Tiger 3, producers Yash Raj Films established their “spy universe” which includes the three Tiger films (Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai and Tiger 3), Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan’s War, and Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan.

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