Avatar 2 India first day box office collections estimates; Second biggest ever for Hollywood, Biggest in AP/TS

Avatar: The Way of Water is off to a big start at the Indian box office, with first-day of over Rs. 38 crores nett, which will be the second-highest opening day for Hollywood, just behind Endgame.

Updated on Dec 18, 2022   |  07:55 AM IST  |  338.1K
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Avatar: The Way of Water is off to a big start at the Indian box office, with early estimates putting the first-day number over Rs. 38 crores nett, which will be the second-highest opening day ever for Hollywood, just behind Avengers: Endgame. These numbers can rise up to Rs. 40 crores when the actuals arrive. James Cameron's sequel to the highest-grossing movie in the world, is the widest release ever for Hollywood in India, playing at nearly 4000 screens.

The film performed best in South India, with all-time record opening day in AP/Nizam and Kerala while runner-up in Tamil Nadu and Mysore. North India was relatively slower with first-day numbers looking to be under Infinity War and Spider-Man: No Way Home, possibly even Multiverse of Madness. AP/Nizam is simply historic and should go on to hit Rs. 10 crores nett first day, which will be double of the previous record held by No Way Home.

The contribution from dubbed versions is also strong, with the English language making around half of the total collections, usually, this ratio is closer to two-thirds. Hindi version is the next biggest of the lot making up 25 per cent of the total number followed by Telugu and Tamil at 15 and 8 apiece.

There were expectations for the film to take down Endgame's record, but it fell well short of those, so there is a bit of an underwhelming vibe to them, though most of these expectations were mostly quashed when the pre-sales weren't that strong. Nevertheless, this is still a big number for opening day, especially in South India. Recently only MCU films have been able to take big starts at the Indian box office from the Hollywood side of things but unfortunately, none of them got the reception right and failed to deliver in the long run. Here the initial reception seems positive and the film isn't supposed to be as front-loaded as MCU films. With the holiday period ahead, the film can go on to post a big lifetime number, possibly taking down Endgame.

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Dec 16, 2022
Which part of our country is called Nizam ! This article should be reported !!