83, the Hindi period sports drama starring actor Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, had a “decent” opening at the box office, earning Rs 14-14.50 crore (nett) on its first day, according to Box Office India.
The film released in theatres on Friday.
83 chronicles the journey of the Indian cricket team which went on to win the country’s maiden World Cup title in 1983 under Kapil Dev’s captaincy.
Directed by Kabir Khan, the sports drama also features Deepika Padukone, Jiiva, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Nishant Dahiya, Sahil Khattar, and several others.
The film is jointly produced by Kabir Khan, Vishnu Vardhan Induri, Madhu Mantena’s Phantom Films, Deepika Padukone’s Ka Productions, Sajid Nadiadwala, Reliance Entertainment, and 83 Film Ltd.
Ahead of its release, the film was declared tax-free in New Delhi by the AAP-led state government.
As per the BOI report, 83 performed well in urban centres across India, such as Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. All these cities are known for having a good number of “high-end premium multiplexes,” the report adds.
However, the film had a “dull” performance in the northern belt, including states like Punjab, UP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar. The report further observes that the sports drama has great potential for growth and can see “huge jumps” on Saturday and the weekend since it is the festive season, with Christmas being a national holiday. But, the overall performance of the film will depend to a large extent on how it does in the biggest 20 cities, the BOI report notes.
As for the southern regions, the report states that while the film was released in 375 screens, the dubbed versions will not add much to the film’s box-office tally – probably only around Rs 50 lakh or so. Besides Hindi, the Ranveer Singh-starrer was also dubbed and released in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.