Despite witnessing a slow start on opening day, Aiyaari has managed to become the 3rd highest opening day grosser in 2018. The film starring Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee and Rakul Preet Singh earned Rs 3.36 cr on day 1, which is much lower than the expected mark of Rs 5-6 cr. Although the film failed to surpass the collection of Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone starrer Padmaavat and Akshay Kumar starrer PadMan, Aiyaari is among the top 3 highest openers of this year. Padmaavat had opened to a whopping collection of Rs 19 cr on the first day while PadMan made Rs 10.26 cr. With Aiyaari, Sidharth Malhotra was looking forward to a grand start to this year but with the given momentum, this looks a little difficult. Aiyaari has received ‘disappointing’ reviews from critics despite boasting some powerful performances. The film is marred by the disappointing screenplay and haphazard storytelling. Directed by Neeraj Pandey who was earlier associated with MS Dhoni, Aiyaari was a bit of a disappointment.
Aiyaari had to shift the release date multiple times and this can be a reason why the film started off poorly inspite of a the notable cast. Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeting about the film’s collection wrote, ” Aiyaary has a DULL Day 1… Opening day biz is lower than Sidharth Malhotra’s last two films: #AGentleman [₹ 4.04 cr] and #Ittefaq [₹ 4.05 cr]… Evening/night shows were slightly better… Sat and Sun biz is extremely crucial… Fri ₹ 3.36 cr. India biz.” The film released with Hollywood flick Black Panther which made a strong start on the opening day earning Rs 5.6 cr. This week is going to be crucial for Aiyaari since Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety releases on February 23. Directed by Luv Ranjan, the comedy love triangle, the film starring Sunny Singh, Nushrat Bharucha and Kartik Aryan.