Akshay Kumar's film "Airlift" has airlifted the box office with its phenomenal theatrical run. After "Bajirao Mastani" and "Dilwale" in December, Akshay's "Airlift" has managed to keep the cash register ringing in January.
On its 10th day, the film achieved a milestone by crossing Rs 100 crore (net) mark at the domestic box office, and now the film is set to achieve another milestone by crossing Rs 200 crore (gross) mark at the worldwide box office.
"Airlift" has so far accumulated Rs 185.63 crore from the worldwide box office. The worldwide box office collection includes Rs 150.41 crore gross income (Rs 105.29 crore net) and overseas $ 5.18 million (Rs 35.23 crore). The film, which has a shelf life of minimum two weeks more, needs approximately Rs 15 crore to enter the double century club mark and it is likely that it will earn more than Rs 200 crore by the end of the second week.
"#Airlift Overseas total *till Weekend 2 - 31 Jan*: $ 5.18 million [$ 5,186,892 = â‚¹ 35.23 cr]. VERY GOOD!" trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
"#Airlift is STEADY. [Week 2] Fri 4.50 cr, Sat 6.50 cr, Sun 8.26 cr, Mon 2.53 cr. Total: â‚¹ 105.29 cr. India biz," he added.
While Rs 200 crore mark at the worldwide box office looks feasible, it remains to be seen if the film will achieve that mark at the domestic box office.
Meanwhile, the patriotic drama is dominating the box office -- overseas and domestic â€“ in its second week. "Airlift" became the first film of 2016 and fourth of Akshay's to cross Rs 100 crore mark in India with its net total.
"'Airlift' had an impressive first week run with business escalating over the weekend. It remains the first choice of moviegoers and is Akshay's fourth film to have crossed Rs 100 crore after 'Housefull 2' (2012), 'Rowdy Rathore' (2012) and 'Holiday' (2014). The overseas collections have also been good," box office analyst Adarsh told Mid-Day.
The film, which is based on the biggest evacuation of Indians based in Kuwait during the Iraq-Kuwait Gulf war, features Akshay and Nimrat Kaur in the lead roles, while Feryna Wazheir, Purab Kohli, Lena, Kumud Mishra and Prakash Belawadi are in the supporting cast.