'Bharat' earns 42 crore on opening day

The actor, who is often called critics-proof thanks to his massive fan following, said it was the "biggest opening" of his career and thanked his fans. File Photo

Salman Khan's Eid release "Bharat" has collected Rs 42 crore on day one at the box office.

The actor, who is often called critics-proof thanks to his massive fan following, said it was the "biggest opening" of his career and thanked his fans.

"What made me the happiest and proudest is that during a scene in my film when the national anthem is recited everyone stood up as a mark of respect. There could be no bigger respect for our country than this," he tweeted.

As the name suggests, "Bharat" is the story of a man who journeys mirrors that of the country.

"Bharat' storms the box office. Proves yet again Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller. 'Bharat' opens much bigger than Salman and Ali Abbas Zafar's 'Tiger Zinda Hai (Rs 34.10 crore) and 'Sultan' (Rs 36.54 crore). 'Bharat' - Wednesday (Rs 42.30 crore) India business," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

The film also stars Katrina Kaif opposite Salman.

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