With expectations high for Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Animal to surpass Rs 50 crore on its opening day, its advance bookings commenced on Saturday and early figures suggest that the forecasts are likely to be accurate, pointing towards the potential for the film to mark the biggest opening in the careers of both the star and the director.

According to industry tracker Sacnilk, the film has already achieved a remarkable feat in the domestic market by selling a total of 2,09,986 tickets for 6,036 shows, earning an impressive revenue of Rs 6.42 crore. While the Hindi version accounted for 1,76,192 tickets, generating Rs 5.87 crore, the Telugu version contributed 33,453 tickets (Rs 54 lakh) and the Tamil version saw the sale of 341 tickets (Rs 32,740). Among all the regions, Delhi and Telangana have made the most substantial contributions to the advance bookings of the film, recording Rs 1.51 crore and Rs 1.23 crore, respectively.

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Taking into account Ranbir Kapoor’s notable influence in the southern market, as demonstrated by the success of his recent films in the region, Sacnilk anticipates that Animal will challenge the opening record set by Ranbir’s Rajkumar Hirani directorial Sanju, which currently stands as his highest opener at Rs 34.75 crore nett.

While gearing up to clash with Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur, a biographical war drama on the life of India’s first Field Marshal, Sam Manekshaw, Ranbir’s movie is far ahead of the Vicky Kaushal-starrer, as the latter has only managed to sell fewer than 15,000 tickets in advance bookings so far.