Salaar Part 1 Ceasefire, the much-awaited action film starring Prabhas, has crossed ₹650 crores gross worldwide after two weeks at the box office. However, the film has slowed down significantly in its second week after a strong opening.
Phenomenal Opening Week
Directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Vijay Kiragandur under Hombale Films, Salaar released on December 28, 2022 in five languages worldwide. The film had taken a phenomenal opening at the box office by collecting ₹203 crores gross worldwide in just three days.
The Hindi version had collected nearly ₹100 crores nett in its opening week, beating the lifetime Hindi collection of Prabhas’ previous pan-India blockbuster Baahubali: The Beginning. Salaar had also become the 10th highest grossing Indian film in North America within a week, surpassing the $12 million collection of Baahubali: The Beginning.
Slow Down in Second Week
However, the film started slowing down in its second week despite positive word of mouth. On its 8th day, Salaar collected around ₹7.25 crores nett at the Indian box office. The total 15-day worldwide gross collection now stands at ₹675 crores.
The main reasons attributed to the slowdown are stiff competition from other holiday releases like Varisu and Thunivu in the South, and less appeal for mass action films among family audiences that come in large numbers during the Christmas-New Year period.
|India Gross (Crores)
|Worldwide Gross (Crores)
As seen in the table above, there was an 80% drop in domestic second week numbers compared to the opening week. Daily collections hit rock bottom on Tuesday collecting just ₹3.67 crores nett, the lowest single day number yet.
Critically, Salaar opened to mixed reviews. While Prabhas was unanimously praised for his performance, screenplay and editing received criticism.
Notable film trade analyst Manobala Vijayabalan tweeted, “#Prabhas has given his best and it shows in #Salaar. But the screenplay isn’t tight. Gave away some terrific moments for the sequel, which makes it underwhelming. Climax portions are top notch. Prashanth Neel mark violence prevails.”
Another analyst felt the film had brilliant highs but lacked consistency and felt stretched at 186 minutes run time.
Overall the cinematic experience and performances were praised but the writing was tagged as average.
Will Salaar Achieve ₹1000+ Crores?
Now all eyes are set if Salaar will be able to enter the coveted ₹1000 crores gross club worldwide. It needs to collect roughly another ₹325 crores from here on.
The crucial third weekend starting tomorrow will be a decider on the film’s overall run. But with new releases lined up, reaching even ₹750+ crores lifetime appears difficult unless it has another major spike in collections.
Nevertheless, trade experts feel Salaar Part 1 Ceasefire has managed to achieve hit status and has broken even for its huge pre-release investments. There are also talks for Salaar 2 in the coming years.
Prabhas Thanks Fans
Lead actor Prabhas took to social media to thank the audiences for their “unconditional love and support” towards the film. He said the team put their heart and soul into delivering the best possible cinematic experience and were “humbled” with the response.
The future journey of the characters still remains to be seen when Part 2 of the intended Salaar trilogy releases in coming years. But the box office response to Part 1 Ceasefire shows the tremendous goodwill and star power Prabhas holds nationally which resulted in this film collecting huge numbers.