Ki & Ka has taken a good opening at the Box Office. As was predicted, the film was on track to register 40%-50% occupancy on Day One, and this is how the average footfalls turned out to be eventually. The film has collected 7.3 crore on Friday and this is a good start for the Eros and Balki production, considering the genre, release size and target audience that it was aiming for.
This is the biggest opener ever for Balki as Ki & Ka [7.3 crore] on its opening day has collected more than double of Shamitabh [3.5 crore] and is far ahead of Paa [2.15 crore] and Cheeni Kum [which had lifetime total of 17.3 crore]. The film has also taken a bigger opening than a much massy Ghayal Once Again [7.2 crore] and targeted-at-similar-audience Kapoor & Sons [6.85 crore]. The way word of mouth is spreading for the film, the film is set to have the second highest weekend of the year.
What is even more remarkable is the fact that Ki & Ka has opened better than Arjun Kapoor’s last release Tevar [7 crore] which had a much wider release. As for Kareena Kapoor Khan, this is her highest opening for a film where she is a senior actress. While she has seen some superb opening numbers with experienced actors like the four Khans [Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Talaash, Ra. One, Agent Vinod] and Ajay Devgn [Singham Returns, Satyagraha], these is her biggest opening with a relatively new leading man in the current decade.
Here are the numbers for Kareena Kapoor films that have released since 2010 where she is the senior actress:
2016 – Ki & Ka (Arjun Kapoor) – 7.3 crore
2012 – Heroine (Arjun Rampal) – 7.2 crore
2012 – Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (Imran Khan) – 5.25 crore
2013 – Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (Imran Khan) – 3 crore
2010 – We Are Family (Arjun Rampal) – 2.7 crore
2010 – Milenge Milenge (Shahid Kapoor) – 2.24 crore
Note: All collections as per production and distributor sources
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder