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New Delhi: Eid just got grander this year.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan, actor Salman Khan’s second outing as producer under his banner Salman Khan Films, has earned the highest opening-day figure for the year so far, making Rs27.25 crore at the box office on Friday, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

Released in about 4,500 screens nationwide, Bajrangi Bhaijaan registered 70-80% occupancy on Friday, and tickets for the weekend are sold out.

The first-day earnings of Bajrangi Bhaijaan were a leap over Kick, Salman Khan’s previous release, which had raked in Rs26.50 crore from 5,000 screens on its opening day. Kick was produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and released in July 2014.

Jai Ho, where Khan co-starred with Tabu, earned about Rs18 crore when it released across 4,400 screens in the country in January 2014.

To be sure, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, directed by Kabir Khan, trumped Kick in the United Arab Emirates as well, grossing Rs1.9 crore. Both the movies were released during the holy month of Ramzan.

The record for the highest opening-day collection of a Hindi movie in 2015 was so far held by Remo D’Souza’s ABCD2, which collected Rs14 crore at the box office on its first Friday.

Baahubali: The Beginning, not a Hindi film though a dubbed version was released on 10 July, grossed Rs50 crore on the first day across five languages it was released in. The epic adventure, produced by Prasad Devineni and Shobu Yarlagadda, was made at a cost of Rs200 crore.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Salman Khan entertainer trumps actor Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Happy New Year’s opening-weekend collection of Rs108 crore, or threatens Baahubali’s supremacy in the overseas market.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the story of a Pakistani child lost in India and the efforts to take her back to her home by a good-hearted, do-gooder played by Salman Khan, whose last seven films earned more than Rs100 crore each.

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