It was highlighted in this column last week that weekday collections were quite important to decide eventual fate of Khiladi 786. Since the film had received a nod of approval from a good chunk of target audience, it was prudent that the film doesn’t go the Thank You or Desi Boyz way, which couldn’t quite sustain themselves despite not being bad products. To the good fortunes of everyone involved with Khiladi 786, the film went hung on well over the weekdays as well (especially at single screens, which was a clear indication over the weekend itself), hence resulting in over 51 crores coming in.
While the film was always set to be in the profit zone due to the cost involved, a good first week total coupled with an open second week means that lifetime collections of over 70 crores are in the offering. Of course this is way lesser than the three biggies that Akshay has enjoyed this year (Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore, OMG Oh My God!). Still, the collections should turn out to be fourth highest ever for the actor as it is expected that Singh Is Kinng and Welcome number of 70 crores would be surpassed.
This also means that barring Joker, Akshay Kumar has managed a rather good year for himself. As for Himesh Reshammiya, he has managed to give momentum to his production house, earned some points for his comic act and gained further accolades as a composer. It can well be expected that he would be all the more active in the filmmaking business now.
Though Asin, who has quite a few 100 crore successes to her name, couldn’t add one more to her list; she still maintained her successful stint in Bollywood. Other than Katrina Kaif, she is the only other actress with such high success rate.
10ml Love, another release of the week, has turned out to be a washout at the box office.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder