Salman Khan‘s Tubelight finally hit the theatres last Friday (June 23). Salman was promoting the film aggressively and he managed to create a very strong buzz around it. He was taping promotional episodes on every other reality TV show and giving out interviews to various media outlets. Despite all of that, the Kabir Khan directorial opened to mixed reviews, and hence just an occupancy of 40 percent in the morning shows. Negative reviews resulted in not so impressive first day box office collections, as Tubelight managed to earn just Rs 21.15 crore at the domestic box office on its first day. We were expecting the film to witness a marginal boost in its collection on second day, considering it’s weekend, but that did not happen, as Tubelight managed to earn Rs 21.17 crore on Saturday. This takes the total to Rs. 42.32 crore.Also Read - "Main Pehle Se Hindustan Ka Bhai Hun," Salman Khan Goes All Big With Dialogues in Aayush Sharma's Antim - Watch Trailer
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Although Salman didn’t manage to outdo his own records that he set with his last two films, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan, but fortunately for him, Tubelight has shown a slight growth in terms of business, not only here in India, but also in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where almost all shows are running full house. ALSO READ: Tubelight box office collection day 1: Salman Khan beats Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, but FAILS to break the record of Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan Also Read - Bigg Boss 15: Apologetic Karan Kundrra Breaks Down After Salman Khan Bashes Him For Attacking Pratik Sehajpal
Talking about the reviews, our critic Smrity Sharma in her 3.5 star review wrote, “Salman Khan delivers one of his best performances till date as the gullible, vulnerable Laxman Singh Bisht. He is so convincing in the emotional scenes that you will feel his pain and if not moved enough to cry, you’d certainly be left with a lump in your throat.” However, she added, “The film gets predictable at many crucial points, and even though there is a master twist in the second half, you know what to expect. Also, the director went a little OTT with the ‘Yakeen’ part. I won’t be surprised to find memes about the same once the film hits screens.”
Since it’s the long weekend, with Monday being a holiday for Eid, Tubelight still has a chance to make considerable amount of money at the box office. And considering that there are no Bollywood releases for the next two weeks, Tubelight has an added advantage here.
Produced under Salman Khan Films, Tubelight also stars Salman’s real life brother Sohail Khan, Chinese actress Zhu Zhu, Matin Rey Tangu and late Om Puri.