Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s highly anticipated “Padmaavat” saw a phenomenal opening this Republic Day weekend. “Padmaavat” grossed $4.4 million Friday-to-Sunday in North America and $4.9 million Thursday-to-Sunday.

The film’s debut beat out Aamir Khan’s “PK” and “Dangal” as the biggest opening weekend for a Bollywood film in North America!

Khan’s “Dangal” grossed $4.1 million in its first five days and “PK” grossed $3.6 million the first three days, “Padmaavat” has already beaten both films in sales. “Padmaavat” also broke the record for the biggest single-day gross of all-time for a Bollywood in North America. The movie raked in $1.85 million by Saturday. Some films don’t even make it to $1.85 million in its entire run and “Padmaavat” did it in one day. Can you say #Winning?

The film is playing at 326 theaters across the United States and Canada. It’s even playing in 3D, and who doesn’t want to see Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor’s abs in 3D?

The controversial film caused quite a stir in India, with a call for attacks on lead actress Deepika Padukone and Bhansali. Rajputs feared the film would disrespect their history and the legend of Padmini. Even after all the threats, vandalism, criticism, and other attacks on the films, the movie made its glorious way to the big screen. The attention around the film made it a hot commodity so much so that even Akshay Kumar delayed the opening of his film, “Padman” to avoid the competition.

Whether you were an eager fan or a harsh critic, everyone headed to the theaters to see what all the drama was about. Check out our film critic’s review of “Padmaavat” to see if this film was worth the wait.

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