The prominent new release of the week, Sonakshi Sinha-Anurag Kashyap starrer, AKIRA, managed a dull start of around 15-20 percent (on an average), and turned out to be the front runner of the week, as was obvious and predictable from amongst all the new films of the week, which included the Arbaaz Khan starrer, YEA TOH TWO MUCH HO GAYA, Shailendra Singh's SUNSHINE MUSIC TOURS AND TRAVELS and Mahima Chaudhary and Riya Sen starrer, DARK CHOCOLATE. Given A.R. Murugadoss's track record as also Sonakshi's mass appeal, the film should end up with a reasonable weekend haul.
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Meanwhile, last week's Tiger Shroff starrer, A FLYING JATT, could not quite capitalize on a reasonable 28 crore extended (4-day) weekend and struggled during the weekdays, netting 35 crore during the opening week from India (8 days). The film has to endure a turbulent flight ahead, if it wants to have a safe landing at the box-office.
Coming to the older release, Abhay Deol-Diana Penty starrer, HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI, the film maintained reasonably in the second week and has netted 26 crore (to be validated) in two weeks from India. With some luck HAPPY BHAG JAYEGI should end up as an average fare, given that it is performing reasonably in the overseas too!
Concluding with Neeraj Pandey's Akshay Kumar starrer, RUSTOM, the film continued its winning run and has thus far netted 124 crore in three weeks from India and $5.5m from the overseas. Needless to add that RUSTOM is a superhit.