With an eventful 2012 so far, Akshay Kumar has truly been on a roll. While films like Housefull 2 and Rowdy Rathore brought him into the 100 crore club, they also set records for being his biggest openers till date. This is the reason why quite a few went ballistic while assuming that Khiladi 786 would go on to break that record as well and set up something even bigger. While that was an unrealistic expectation considering the fact that this Ashish Mohan directed film was primarily meant to open and fare better at single screens, it was felt that the weekend total of around 40 crore would be a good possibility.
Eventually the film did collect around 34.10 crores which had a better chunk of revenue coming from the single screens. Multiplexes were slow to begin with though Saturday and Sunday saw an escalation. While single screens stayed on to be good, hence giving good indication that Akshay Kumar had managed to penetrate the target audience with the ‘masala’ fare and find their nod of approval, one awaits the film’s progress over the weekdays. That would be quite important for Khiladi 786 to gain a higher box office standing.
As of now, the film is all set to be a plus affair for sure since the cost of making as well as the price at which it has been sold is lesser than some of the recent Akshay Kumar biggies. The film has a breather in the form of a two week run till Dabangg 2 arrives. However to benefit from that, the film would have to strengthen it’s position in multiplexes and gather good moolah by the time the second weekend ends.
Other release of the week, 10ml Love, was released quite sparsely and though it saw some good reviews coming it’s way from the handful of critics who saw it, the footfalls were hardly notable.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder