Even though the reviews were mixed, critics admitted that the film provided for entertainment.
Critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh said ,"Chulbul Pandey aka Robinhood Pandey taps Salman's star power like no film has and the result is sheer magic. In fact, Dabangg stands on three pillars - Salman's star power, smashing stunts and super music."
Girish Wankhede, spokesman for multiplex chain Cinemax said the Salman starrer has received overwhelming response at all its theatres.
"The opening has been excellent and our patrons have been coming out of the theatres happily," he said.
Another trade analyst Amod Mehra describing the movie as "entertaining" said it has got an outstanding opening throughout the country. "The opening is as good as '3 Idiots'.
Dabangg has the benefit of the festive weekend. Let's see how it picks up," he said.
The movie directed by debutante Abhinav Kashyap is about a corrupt police officer donning a Robinhood image.