There was something to cheer for the makers of Liger as the Hindi version opens reasonably well despite the drastic turnaround at the box office for the Telugu version. With a full-fledged Hindi release coming a day later, there was a fear of backfiring this move after the kind of reception the Telugu got.
The Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Pandey-starrer sports action drama film opened in the Hindi version with 5.75 crores net, including 1.25 crores from Thursday previews. It was Deverakonda’s first attempt in Hindi and with negative reviews all around, the makers will take this sort of opening with both hands.
The opening of 5.75 crores net for Liger is bigger than the likes of Prabhas-fronted Baahubali (5.15 cr) and Allu Arjun’s Pushpa – The Rise (3.33 cr). While both Baahubali and Pushpa went to score over 100 crores net in their lifetime run in Hindi, how long Liger will go remains to see. It is, however, unlikely to repeat the success of the former two films with negative reviews and word of mouth by its side.
Liger also come above Prabhas-fronted “Radhe Shyam”, which was expected to take a big opening but ended up scoring only 4.50 crores net on the first day. Just like “Liger”, “Radhe Shyam” too got poor reviews which affected its lifetime Hindi collection badly as it scored only 19.50 crores net.
Directed by Puri Jagannadh, Liger is having a tough time in the Telugu version after opening to VD’s career-best start. The movie fell flat on the second day with a drop of massive of approx. 80%. It will be tough for the movie to recover the lost ground over the remaining two days of the opening weekend considering today will be affected by India Pakistan cricket match.
Opening day numbers:
5.75 cr nett (including paid previews)
3.33 cr nett
5.15 cr nett
4.50 cr nett