The most awaited movie of Priyanka Chopra, Mary Kom which released on Friday minted over Rs 8 Cr on the first day of it's opening.
"The film has made Rs.8 crore plus on its opening day," a source from the movie's co-producers Viacom18 Motion Pictures, told.
Mary Kom, a biopic on the five-time boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom's life, is directed by first time director Omung Kumar and co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The makers are very happy and it was released over 1,800 screens in the country on Friday. The release was preceded by a world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.
"'Mary Kom' has delivered a strong opening day and set a new first day benchmark for heroine-centric films. The word of mouth is positive and Priyanka's standout performance has touched a chord with audiences across sections," Ajit Andhare, chief operating officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said in a statement.
They are confident that the film will do well.
"The film is further set for a strong weekend," Andhare added. Mary Kom team promoted the film extensively and were elated by the news when it was declared tax free in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam.
Trade analyst Komal Nahta has deduced that Mary Kom is a box office champion.
"It may have started slow but fantastic word of mouth will see collections soaring and the film proving to be a hit at the box office," he posted on Twitter.
Former police officer Kiran Bedi saw the movie on Teachers' Day Friday and was bowled over by it. She took to Twitter to praise the film, and posted, "Could not have been a better day for release of Mary Kom film. Most Inspirational+well made film seen in the recent past. Must see for AALL.
"Thanku @priyankachopra for such a real performance as Mary Kom. It's Oscar category! This is one of the most inspirational film I have seen. Our @PMOIndia and @smritiirani please see Mary Kom film ASAP. Needs to be seen widely. Most inspiring for all. Girls most! @priyankachopra."