Akshay Kumar's "Airlift" has broken the records of his highest grosser "Rowdy Rathore". The first week box office collection of "Airlift" is the highest for the actor until now.
"Airlift", based on the biggest evacuations of Indians based in Kuwait during the Iraq-Kuwait Gulf war, minted Rs 83.50 crore in its first week run from the domestic box office. Akshay's "Rowdy Rathore" held the record of the highest first week income with Rs 79.52 crore, which has now been shattered by "Airlift".
Raja Menon's directorial film had a decent opening and based on word of mouth the collection picked up during the weekend. After weekend, the film managed to have good occupancy on Monday, and on Tuesday the film recorded the highest ever occupancy since its release due to Republic Day holiday. However, on Wednesday and Thursday the film witnessed a drop in its business.
Overall, "Airlift" recorded excellent occupancy in its first week and it maintained steady pace in its second weekend as well. The film minted Rs 4.50 crore on its second Friday, which took its eight-day box office collection to Rs 88 crore.
"#Airlift [Week 2] Fri 4.50 cr. Total: â‚¹ 88 cr. India biz. VERY STEADY!" trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
The film, which stars Nimrat Kaur in the female lead role, is now inching towards the Rs 100 crore club at the domestic box office. At the worldwide box office, the film has already entered in the century club and now with its domestic box office net income "Airlift" will cross Rs 100 crore mark.
Worldwide box office
Akshay's "Airlift" is going strong at the worldwide box office. In just eight-days, "Airlift" has minted a gross income of Rs 144.57 crore worldwide. The net and gross domestic income of the film is Rs 88 crore and Rs 125.71 crore, respectively, while the first week overseas collection is $ 3.90 million (Rs 26.53 crore).
"#Airlift Overseas *Week 1* total: $ 3.90 million [$ 3,906,903 = â‚¹ 26.53 cr]. GOOD!" trade analyst Adarsh added.
With Rs 144.57 crore, the film is looking forward to achieve another milestone. After smashing Rs 100 crore record, the film is now ready to take its gross worldwide income to Rs 150 crore.