Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal shines on box-office, rakes $73 million on opening day

Walking the walk, actor Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal had a grand run on day one as the adult-certified movie collected Rs 61 crore ($73 million) at the box-office. With Kapoor in the lead role and support from veteran Bobby Deol, this Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial hit the silver screens on December 1. 

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With this, Animal broke the records set by the biggest blockbusters of the year, Pathaan and Gadar 2.

As per reports, Animal earned Rs 50 crore ($60 million) on its first day from its Hindi version alone, while the remaining Rs 11 crore ($30 million) have come from the Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam versions of the film.

As Animal achieved the feat, it also went on to become the second biggest opener of 2023. Jawan’s collection of Rs 75 crore ($90 million) remains the highest.

Touted as one of India’s most violent films, Animal clashed with Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur at the box office. However, it didn’t have any effect on the film. 

Not just that, but it was granted an ‘Adults Only’ certificate by the Censor Board, and with the first day numbers, Animal might have just become the highest grossing ‘A’-rated opener till date.

The release of Animal has wrecked havoc at the box office with theatres being houseful and extra shows being added by the theatre owners early in the morning and post midnight to meet the high demand.

People were seen queueing up outside theatres at as early as 6 am (IST) on Friday, and given the buzz and the latest trends, the film is set to make and break some more records over the weekend.

Besides Ranbir Kapoor and Bobby Deol, Animal also stars Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, and Triptii Dimri in key roles. 

The story revolves around the toxic relationship between a father and a son, and the lengths to which the latter goes to get the former’s validation. In Ranbir Kapoor’s own words, it has to be the darkest and most violent film of his career.

(The article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Free Press Journal and Connected to India)