Advance bookings for Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal, starring Ranbir Kapoor, began on Saturday. Early figures indicate that the forecasts are likely to be accurate, suggesting that the film may mark the biggest opening in the careers of both the star and the director. Expectations are high for Animal to surpass Rs 50 crore on its opening day.
Industry tracker Sacnilk reports that the movie has already accomplished an amazing accomplishment in the home market, bringing in an astounding Rs 6.42 crore in income from the sale of 2,09,986 tickets for 6,036 screenings. While the Hindi version accounted for 1,76,192 tickets, generating Rs 5.87 crore, the Telugu version contributed 33,453 tickets (Rs 54 lakh) and the Tamil version saw the sale of 341 tickets (Rs 32,740). Among all the regions, Delhi and Telangana have made the most substantial contributions to the advance bookings of the film, recording Rs 1.51 crore and Rs 1.23 crore, respectively.
With the success of his most recent films in the south attesting to Ranbir Kapoor’s considerable influence there, Sacnilk believes Animal will break the opening record held by his Rajkumar Hirani film Sanju, which is currently Ranbir’s highest opening at Rs 34.75 crore nett.
Ranbir Kapoor’s film is a long way ahead of Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur, a biographical war drama based on the life of India’s first Field Marshal, Sam Manekshaw, even though the Vicky Kaushal film has only been able to sell less than 15,000 tickets in advance bookings.
The movie, which also features Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor, and Rashmika Mandanna in important parts, is co-financed by T-Series and Cine1 Studios.
Meanwhile, Animal, which recently received ‘A’ rating from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), has been rated 18 (suitable for adults only) by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The film’s synopsis on the website details, “This dark Hindi language action drama charts a man’s relentless pursuit of twisted revenge at all costs. Fight scenes are sustained and gory, domestic abuse is thematic, and there are isolated moments of sexual abuse.”