In a remarkable display of resilience, Vicky Kaushal's latest release, 'Sam Bahadur,' stands strong at the box office, facing tough competition from the much-anticipated 'Animal.' Released on December 1, the film, directed by Meghna Gulzar, chronicles the real-life story of Sam Manekshaw, the Former Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, celebrated for his courage and leadership.
According to industry tracker Sacnilk, 'Sam Bahadur' has amassed an impressive ₹25.55 crore net in India within its first three days in theatres. On its third day, which fell on Sunday, the film witnessed a collection of ₹10.3 crore at the Indian box office, contributing to a remarkable first weekend total of ₹19.3 crore. The film opened with ₹6.25 crore on its debut day.
Despite facing a formidable clash with Ranbir Kapoor starrer 'Animal,' Vicky Kaushal's portrayal of Sam Bahadur has resonated well with audiences. Film trade analyst Sumit Kadel remarked on the film's robust performance, praising its resilience even in the face of tough competition.
Noted industry expert Taran Adarsh, in a post on X, highlighted the film's ability to stand its ground amidst the challenge posed by 'Animal.' He acknowledged the impact of positive word of mouth and the film's day-wise growth, particularly in key metropolitan areas. Adarsh also emphasized that a solo release would have significantly benefited 'Sam Bahadur,' given the erosion of its business due to the clash with 'Animal.'
He wrote, "#SamBahadur stands on its feet, despite a hurricane called #Animal… Riding on glowing word of mouth, the day-wise growth - mainly at key metros - saw the biz witnessing a spike on Day 2 and 3… Fri 6.25 cr, Sat 9 cr, Sun 10.30 cr. Total: ₹ 25.55 cr. #India biz.
A solo release would’ve benefited the film tremendously, since #Animal has eroded its biz… The weekend numbers would’ve been higher than what it is today, had it averted this clash.
Going forward, Day 4 [Mon] is extremely crucial, it has to score in the same vicinity or thereabouts as Day 1 [Fri]."
#SamBahadur stands on its feet, despite a hurricane called #Animal… Riding on glowing word of mouth, the day-wise growth - mainly at key metros - saw the biz witnessing a spike on Day 2 and 3… Fri 6.25 cr, Sat 9 cr, Sun 10.30 cr. Total: ₹ 25.55 cr. #India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 4, 2023
A solo release… pic.twitter.com/ZutE5fRzSu
Vicky Kaushal, essaying the lead role of Sam Bahadur, delivers a compelling performance that has garnered praise from both critics and audiences. Directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of RSVP Movies, 'Sam Bahadur' boasts a budget of ₹55 crore, as reported by OTTPlay. The film also features stellar performances by Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh in key roles.
As the weekend concludes, 'Sam Bahadur' continues to make its mark at the box office, proving that a compelling narrative and stellar performances can withstand even the most formidable competition. Despite the clash with 'Animal,' the film's success story is expected to unfold further as it progresses through its theatrical run.