NEW DELHI : Akshay Kumar’s space drama Mission Mangal earned around Rs. 17 crore on day two, outdoing its competitor for the Independence Day weekend, John Abraham-starrer Batla House that earned Rs. 7.5 crore. The two-day numbers of both films currently stand Rs. 45 crore and Rs. 21 crore, respectively.

“Mission Mangal takes a fabulous start, Independence Day holiday gives business an additional boost, multiplexes outstanding, mass circuits good," trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted earlier.

“Batla House fares well on day one, although numbers are affected due to the clash. Gathered momentum post noon onwards, Independence Day holiday gave its business an additional push," Adarsh added.

To be sure, Mission Mangal has emerged as Kumar’s highest opening day earner beating Gold (Rs. 23.63 crore), Kesari (Rs. 20.40 crore), the Hindi version of 2.0 (Rs. 19.74 crore) and Singh is Bling (Rs. 16.98 crore).

Trade website Box Office India said there was only a 40% drop in the collections of Mission Mangal on the second day, which is excellent given that the first day was a big holiday and this means the content of the film is truly connecting with audiences. The film has found particular appeal in Mumbai, Mysore and West Bengal, where it is likely to emerge as Kumar’s highest grosser ever.

As far as Batla House goes, the film is trailing behind the trajectory of Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate that released last Independence Day. The difference between Batla House and the older film is that the latter had done better in the smaller multiplexes and single screens of Maharashtra, Nizam and central India. Batla House is currently decent in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh but lacklustre in Mumbai, the south and east, Box Office India said.

With Independence Day falling on the same day as Rakshabandhan, Box Office India said it looks like both films have probably doubled their fair value collections though the real potential will only be known after the extended weekend.