Box Office: 2nd Friday Collection of “Akira”
Women centric films have hardly got enough love in Bollywood. They have always been a niche film. But Bollywood has never stopped belting them out every year hoping to make it a hit genre as well and that to these filmmakers this genre won’t become extinct after all. Queen, Mary Kom and Neerja‘s stupendous success have fuelled filmmakers’ resolve to explore this genre some more. Akira released, riding on such great names and if you consider the film’s budget, the film has done a decent job at the box office. The film however, has continued to suffer drop in collections since Monday. But since Tuesday the numbers have been pretty steady.
In its first week, the film amassed 26. 39 crore. Taran Adarsh, Trade Analyst, shared the numbers on Twitter saying, “#Akira Fri 5.15 cr, Sat 5.30 cr, Sun 6.20 cr, Mon 3.40 cr, Tue 2.40 cr, Wed 2.07 cr, Thu 1.87 cr. Total: ₹ 26.39 cr. India biz.” You can see the numbers collected on Tuesday and Wednesday. From 2.40 cr to 2.07 cr, the numbers were pretty decent. Thursday however saw a drop and the film earned only 1.87 cr. That took the total to 26.39 cr. In fact, it has already recovered its cost of production and what it earns next will be added as a profit only.
As expected, Akira is lagging behind in performance because of new movies and recorded very less occupancy on its second Friday. It has made the amount of only 2 crore* as its 8th day collection. Akira might become a game changer of sorts in the industry. That’s because the film doesn’t boast of a superstar in the lead but an actress who has been part of many actioners toplined by Akshay Kumar or Salman Khan. But Akira has her taking on the goons all by her own which is definitely a trendsetter. How often do you see such thing happening at the box office?
What also works for the film is employing Anurag Kashyap as the cold blooded mastermind cop whose flair of acting will stun you. We wonder why doesn’t he act often. He is just perfect in his role. But the biggest applause is reserved for Murugadoss for being a very clever director. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of his cast and explored them accordingly. No wonder everyone wants to work with him.