Race 2 has managed to do well at the box office. Despite cynicism towards it due to high costs involved as well as the burden of expectations that it came with, the film sustained reasonably well during the weekdays and had its head above waters as it completed one week at the box office. Yes, weekday collections were 50% of what weekend had accumulated but in nutshell, a huge Saturday (due to Republic Day) compensated for any shortfall that the film may have suffered.

Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham In Race 2 Movie Poster And  Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty  In Cocktail Movie Poster
Race 2 Movie Poster                                          Cocktail Movie Poster

Eventually, the film now stands at 75 crores in one week which is a huge number by all standards. Let’s not forget that the film’s promotion hadn’t quite hit the roof, music was released only digitally (which did lead to lesser visibility and popularity) and the end product by itself wasn’t any great shakes. Still, it is due to good credentials attached to this Abbas-Mustan directed flick that resulted in a big number like this being achieved.

The film has now almost equated the lifetime collections of Saif Ali Khan’s Cocktail (76 crores) in one week itself. At the time of this piece going Live, Saif Ali Khan would have enjoyed his biggest money-spinner till date. It’s a wait and watch game to see how close does it come to the 100 crore mark. As things stand today, it should be touch and go. For John Abraham though, this would be his second highest grosser after Housefull 2 (114 crores). As for Deepika Padukone, the film is now all set to be her biggest success ever, hence beating the collections of Om Shanti Om (80 crores), which was ironically her first film.

For his second film Akaash Vani, director Luv Ranjan didn’t enjoy any such luck as there were hardly any collections to boast about. With collections reading a mere lakhs on a daily basis, this Kartik Tiwari-Nushrat Bharucha film has turned out to be an unfortunate disaster at the box office. Ditto for Main Krishna Hoon which had just seen a formality release and came with no chances whatsoever to begin with.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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