Salman Khan will come back as Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg 3. Trade is expecting the franchise’s third film to have a solid start at the box office.
The previous record-holder for the widest release was Thugs of Hindostan which released in Diwali 2018 in over 5000 screens in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.
Dabangg 3 movie expects to hit in 5400 screens. Bollywood Hungama’s sources claim, “It is releasing in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada, and will easily be the biggest release for a Bollywood film. Sudeep’s presence has ensured ample demand for the action entertainer in Karnataka, and the exhibitors are very keen to screen the film during the Christmas weekend.”
The source continued, “It marks the return of Salman Khan in an avatar that he is loved in by the masses, and the trailer has done its trick in the interiors. While most of the distributors focus on getting maximum showcasing in the metro cities and national multiplex chains, team Dabangg is making it a point to reach out to the least common denominator and ensure right show-casing in the small town as well,” adding that while most films with matinee show open with a 12 or 12.30 pm show, Dabangg 3 might showcase from 9.30 am.
“Plans are to get a lot of single screens to have early shows starting from 9.30 am, which will help team Dabangg get five shows per single screen, as compared to the conventional template of four shows a day.” the source concluded.
The film also features Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan in pivotal roles and marks the acting debut of Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter, Saiee Manjrekar. The film is slated for release on December 20.