The Akshay Kumar starrer has earned Rs 27 crores, while Remo D’Souza’s dance flick has managed to earn only Rs 19.5 crores
Prabhu Deva gave Khiladi Kumar a tough fight at the ticket counters last weekend. After witnessing a huge opening on Friday, the Prabhu Deva starrer hasn’t been able to overtake the earnings of Akshay Kumar’s heist drama. As per some box office reports, Special 26 opened with mere 30-35 percent occupancy in the theatres whereas India’s first 3D dance movie Any Body Can Dance (ABCD) recorded an average of 60 percent. But going by the latest reports, looks like the momentum is swinging in Akshay’s favour as Special 26 has topped the business charts while ABCD is progressing at a slow pace.
The Neeraj Pandey flick which released in 1750 screens started on an average note on Friday, but it picked up well over the weekend and did good business in multiplexes as compared to the single screens. Trade pundit Taran Adarsh tweeted, “Special 26 witnessed fantastic growth after a tepid start. The business grew substantially on Saturday and Sunday. Business is rocking at multiplexes. Collected approximately Rs 26.5 crores to Rs 27 crores nett in its opening weekend. Break-up: Friday Rs 7 crores, Saturday Rs 9 crores, Sunday Rs 10.5-11 crores.”
ABCD – Any Body Can Dance, which released in 750 screens, started with a bang and is generating decent business but it hasn’t been able to sustain the momentum against Akki’s film. Taran said, “ABCD has fared exceptionally well, despite no star names to lure the audience. The film witnessed ample growth over the weekend, with the 3D version running to packed houses. Collected approx Rs 19.5 crores nett in its opening weekend. Breakup: Friday Rs 5.5 crores, Saturday Rs 6.5 crores, Sunday Rs 7.5 crores.”
Over all, it’s been a good weekend for Bollywood! The two well-promoted films have received positive reviews and done good business at the box office. Now it remains to be seen how the two movies will fare through the week. Watch this space for more updates!