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Despite being panned by the majority of critics and audiences, Yash Raj Films’ mega-budgeted offering Thugs Of Hindostan took the box-office by storm on its opening day and ended up yielding a whopping ₹ 52.25 crore at the cash counter. With this, TOH has become the first Bollywood movie to have earned so much on the first day of its release.

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in lead roles, the period drama was always expected to open really huge. But an opening of ₹ 52.25 crore is something that was almost looking impossible, especially after critics and some segments of the audience took the film to task and gave negative reviews.

With ₹ 52.25 crore in its pocket, Thugs Of Hindostan has overtaken the first-day collection of Aamir Khan’s previous film Dangal (2016), which had clocked ₹ 29.78 crore on its opening day. TOH was anyway expected to earn more than what Dangal had earned because the former hit the marquee across 7000 screens worldwide, while the latter had entered only 5300 cinemas.

After a fantastic opening day, Thugs Of Hindostan is expected to calm down today because it’s a working day across many parts of the country. However, collections are expected to spike again on Saturday and Sunday.

Thugs Of Hindostan is directed by Vijay Krishan Acharya, who has previously directed Aamir Khan in the 2013 blockbuster Dhoom 3.