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While movies featuring superstars often take huge openings thanks to their immense popularity and massive box office pull, not every superstar film takes a record-breaking opening. 

That comes only with a few films where the subject matter along with the presence of a superstar excites the audience enough for them to throng the theatres on day one itself. 

Oftentimes, the movies that make a record-breaking opening turn out to be huge hits at the box office but there have been a few times where Bollywood has broken records on its opening day and eventually crashed thereafter. 

Here’s a look at 5 such Hindi films below: 

Trimurti (1995) 

Trimurti © Mukta Arts

Released during the Christmas period in the year 1995, Trimurti carried a huge buzz around it. Directed by maverick filmmaker Mukul Anand, backed by Subhash Ghai and starring Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor & Shah Rukh Khan, Trimurti became the first film in the history of Indian cinema to cross the Rs 1 crore mark on its opening day. 

The film collected Rs 1.06 crore on day one but due to the negative response from the critics and the audience eventually failed and ended its lifetime run at a poor Rs 8.57 crore. 

Hindustan Ki Kasam (1999) 

Hindustan Ki Kasam © Ajay Devgn Ffilms

Marking the directorial debut of Ajay Devgn’s father, the legendary action director Veeru Devgan, Hindustan Ki Kasam starred Ajay in the lead role along with Sushmita Sen, Manisha Koirala and Amitabh Bachchan. 

The film was supposed to repeat the success of Ajay and Amitabh’s previous collaboration Major Saab. 

It opened to a record-breaking Rs 1.45 crore but the film flopped at the box office in the long run and folded its collection with just Rs 13.96 crore. 

Refugee (2000) 

Refugee © JP Dutta Films

One of the most hyped films of the early ‘00s, Refugee marked the debut of Amitabh Bachchan’s son Abhishek Bachchan and Karisma Kapoor’s sister Kareena Kapoor. 

The film took the biggest opening of all time earning Rs 1.56 crore but failed to maintain its momentum. It collected Rs 17.08 crore. 

Mangal Pandey (2005) 

Mangal Pandey © Kaleidoscope Entertainments

Perhaps the first film where the audience saw the perfectionist side of Aamir Khan who decided to grow his hair and moustache to play the freedom fighter. 

Mangal Pandey: The Rising collected Rs 3.24 crore at the box office on its opening day and created an all-time record. However, it couldn’t travel the distance and ended its run with just Rs 27.86 crore. 

Thugs of Hindostan (2018) 

Thugs of Hindostan © yash Raj Films

Starring Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan along with Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh, Thugs of Hindostan became the first Hindi film to collect Rs 50 crore on day one itself. But, it crashed from its second onwards and could reach only Rs 138.34 crore.


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