Karan Johar's highly ambitious project Kalank opened to mixed reviews at theaters but owing to its massive promotions that already created a positive buzz around it, the film has set the box office wheel rolling.
The film starring Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan among many others, has raked in Rs 21.60 crore becoming the highest opener of 2019
Kalank has left behind Akshay Kumar's Kesari that had become the highest opener of this year collecting Rs 21 crore on its releasing day. The Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan starrer has also left behind Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, Luka Chuppi, Kesari and Total Dhamaal.
Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the box office collection and wrote, "#Kalank starts with a bang... Emerges biggest opener of 2019 *so far*... Plexes terrific... Impressive cast and hype + massive screen count  + #MahavirJayanti holiday have contributed to a big total... Wed ₹ 21.60 cr. India biz."
#Kalank starts with a bang... Emerges biggest opener of 2019 *so far*... Plexes terrific... Impressive cast and hype + massive screen count  + #MahavirJayanti holiday have contributed to a big total... Wed ₹ 21.60 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 18, 2019
Top *Opening Day* biz - 2019...— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 18, 2019
1. #Kalank ₹ 21.60 cr [Wed]
2. #Kesari ₹ 21.06 cr [Thu]
3. #GullyBoy ₹ 19.40 cr [Thu]
4. #TotalDhamaal ₹ 16.50 cr
Note: Hindi films. ₹ 10 cr+ openers included in the list.
India biz.#Kalank is the biggest opener of Varun and Alia to date.
The opening day being Mahavir Jayanti, a holiday in government organisation and schools contributed to the business of the movie. The upcoming holiday, Good Friday, is also likely to boost its collections at the box office.
Kalank, made on a budget of around Rs 80 crore as also had the widest release, opening to 5,300 screens worldwide, which include 4,000 screens in India and 1,300 screens overseas.
Kalank, with a runtime of 2 hours 48 minutes, is co-produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Fox Star Studios.