New Delhi: Akshay Kumar’s period epic Kesari seems no signs of losing its charm at the box office even after the festive Holi week. The film collected ₹10.75 crore in its second weekend, taking its domestic total to ₹116.75 crore.
“Kesari picks up momentum on second Saturday, north India leads, while other circuits are back on track. ₹150 crore is within reach, if it continues to trend strongly on subsequent days," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
Trade website Box Office India said the film is doing particularly well in territories like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and East Punjab thanks to its narrative being set in the northern half of the country and Kumar even playing a Sikh army officer. Meanwhile, other circuits like Maharashtra, West Bengal, Nizam and Andhra Pradesh have also stabilized with decent business in the second weekend.
The other surprise winner at the box office is mystery thriller Badla which started slow but has now managed to edge past Hollywood superhero flick Captain Marvel – both of which were releases simultaneously. The Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu-starrer has made ₹81.27 crore in domestic collections up till now.
“Badla stands tall, despite a big opponent (Kesari). Should cross ₹85 crore, with an outside chance of crossing ₹90 crore," Adarsh tweeted.
The two older films have definitely benefited from the lukewarm response to the week’s new releases --- Salman Khan’s production Notebook and action adventure Junglee. Khan’s romantic film featuring newcomers Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bahl only made ₹60 lakh on its opening day and ₹1.4 crore at last count, much lower than even Khan’s previous production with newcomers, Loveyatri that had earned ₹2.11 crore on its first day. Junglee starring Vidyut Jammwal in the lead has only found a few more takers, collecting ₹7.5 crore at last count.
However, Box Office India pointed out that the interesting thing about animal films is that the state of Bihar has always been loyal to them. Films centered on animal characters like Maa (1976), Main Aur Mera Haathi (1981) and Doodh Ka Karz (1990) which may not have been huge hits across India always did big business here. Junglee too collected ₹20 lakh on its first day in Bihar which is even higher than the opening collections of Uri: The Surgical Strike in the state.