Rajinikanth's '2.0' release day: Film expected to have a record opening

Superstar Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer '2.0' Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 29, 2018, 09.24 AM (IST)

If it's a Rajinikanth film, it has to be big. The superstar's latest '2,0' is getting one of the biggest releases in recent times. As it hits theatres across the world on Friday, trade analysts predict a record opening day for the film. It has already recorded a massive advance booking, earning a whopping Rs 120 crore. 

Speaking to a daily, trade analyst Girish Johar said '2.0' will have a mammoth opening at the ticket counters. “The trailer of 2.0 has increased the expectations of the audience who have been waiting for the film’s release for a very long time. With a fantastic director like Shankar, I don’t think the movie will falter even after the first day. Movie buffs in the South will go berserk as superstar Rajinikanth plays the lead role in the movie." 

The fact that the film pits Rajinikanth against Akshay Kumar, who plays the antagonist, is also a big draw for the audience. Akshay Kumar is a superstar in North India and draws big numbers at the box office with his films. "A strong villain always pulls audience as they get involved in the film and start connecting to the hero because of the villain. So, Akshay’s villainous avatar in 2.0 is definitely something which cinephiles are looking forward to. Also, his popularity in the Hindi speaking belt will help the sci-fi film mint money at the box office. It has the potential of becoming Akshay’s non-holiday highest opener,” said Johar.

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"The Hindi version of the film is expected to earn something between Rs 20-25 crore on the day of its release. If we consider all languages (Tamil and Telugu), the Rajinikanth starrer will touch Rs 100 crore (gross) mark on day one," Johar predicted. 

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The film also stars Amy Jackson and Adil Hussain in prominent roles. Directed by Shankar, '2.0' is a sequel of 'Enthiran'.