Salman Khan's Jai Ho, which released in theatres on January 24, is one of the most talked about and highly-anticipated Hindi movies of 2014. Considering the pre-release-hype surrounding the movie, trade expert had predicted that the Sohail Khan directed-action thriller would get a record-breaking opening and cross Rs 300 crore mark at the Indian Box Office, beating Dhoom 3 lifetime record.
Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, "Jai Ho should open very, very well, thanks to Salman's star power and also his absence from the screen for an entire year. The craze for the film is building up with each passing day. As far as making Rs 300 crore goes, that would depend entirely on the strength of the content."
Producer Vashu Bhagnani, who still remembers the stupendous opening of his film with Salman - Biwi No 1, had opined, "Jai Ho would definitely open very well. Salman has the full public support. His ardent fan-base would definitely go see the film. It should cross the 300-crore mark specially seeing the number of screens it's being released on."
Salman Khan's previous releases Dabangg, Ek Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2 have become Blockbusters. Especially, Ek Tha Tiger has just missed to touch the mark of Rs 200 crore at the Indian Box Office, Amod Mehra said, "As Salman is enjoying such a huge fan-following, a bumper opening is assured. However, the promos and music are dull. Reaching Rs.200 crore may prove to be a Herculean task."
Another Bollywood trade expert had opined, "I saw the film at a trial. Both the pre- and post-interval halves have that jolt that makes you sit up and watch when you are least expecting any kind of upheaval. That is the USP. Salman's presence is 'ekdum dhamaakedar'." He added, "My verdict. It'd be bigger than Ek Tha Tiger, but not as big as Dabangg. Eros would find it hard to recover the money they paid Sohail for the film."
Directed by Salman's brother Sohail, Jai Ho focuses on corruption which hit more than 4,400 screens in India. Despite getting positive response from viewers and film critics, the movie has failed to beat the records of Ek Tha Tiger. Now, question is whether it will cross Rs 200 crore mark at the Indian Box Office and become the highest grosser movie in the career of Sallu Miyan.
Jai Ho has collected approximately Rs 85 crores nett at the Indian Box Office in six days and is expected to rake in another Rs 6 to 7 crores on the seventh day, concluding the first week with Rs 92+ crores. There are no big Bollywood releases in the next three weeks. If the film shows improvements in this period, there are chances that its collection is likely to come closer to Rs 150 crore in the domestic market, but it may not cross Rs 200 crore mark. What do you feel? Write your opinion in the comment box below.