Based on the surgical strikes which were carried out by the Indian army in 2016, Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strike, starring Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal and Mohit Raina among others, managed to collect over Rs. 8.25 crore on Day 1. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, the movie could not garner great reviews from film critics but Box Office India credited Uri for its “good start” on an opening day.
In a report issued, Box Office India stated, “Uri had a pretty good opening day of around 8-8.25 crore net. This is a very good number considering the face value of the film though if we compare with the films of last year then the value is less.” The film is reportedly expected to perform well over the weekend given its high octane drama as the report mentioned, “There should be good growth over the weekend but it will be about how well the film holds over the weekdays. The opening day number is good for the face value of the film but the film has a lot of work to do as the budget is very high for the face value of the film.”
Box Office India credited a major portion of the film’s success to the big cities where the movie performed comparatively better as per the report. An excerpt from the report read, “Despite being an action film it is mainly the big cities that are doing well while smaller centers are low and single screens all over did not really collect.”
Sharing the figures on his Twitter handle, film critic and analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#2019 begins with a bang… embarks on a flying start… Should witness growth on Day 2 and Day 3… Fri ₹ 8.20 cr. India biz. ” (sic).
The movie that initially opened to mixed reviews yesterday, was pitted against Anupam Kher’s The Accidental Prime Minister and left the latter far behind in the race as it only managed to collect over 3.50 crore on its opening day.