Sunny Deol's "Ghayal Once Again" has continued to lead the race at the Indian box office on Saturday, while "Sanam Teri Kasam" failed to overtake Akshay Kumar's "Airlift".
"Ghayal Once Again" and "Sanam Teri Kasam" are among the much-hyped and eagerly-awaited movies of 2016. Trade experts predicted both films would halt the dream run of the two-week-old "Airlift". The Sunny Deol-starrer was released in over 1990 screens, removing the Akshay Kumar-starrer from many cinema halls. The other new film had a limited screen count.
The Sunny Deol-directed action entertainer had a good amount of advance booking and received decent response on its opening day. "Ghayal Once Again" garnered mixed reviews and the word of mouth was expected to take its business up on the second day. The movie has shown growth on Saturday, but it is not up to the expected mark.
On Saturday, "Ghayal Once Again" collected Rs 7.65 crore nett at the Indian box office, taking its two-day domestic total to Rs 14.85 crore. Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted: "#GhayalOnceAgain Fri 7.20 cr, Sat 7.65 cr. Total: â‚¹ 14.85 cr. India biz. (sic)"
"Sanam Teri Kasam", which marks the debut of Harshvardhan Rane and Mawra Hocane in Bollywood, had an average advance booking and received poor response on its opening day. The movie collected Rs 1.25 crore nett at the Indian box office on the first day. The film has witnessed growth, but its second-day collection is not more than Rs 2 crore.
Akshay Kumar's war drama collected Rs 112.29 crore at the Indian box office in two weeks. "Airlift" has remained undeterred by new releases and continues to do well in the domestic market in its third week. When compared to its second Friday, the movie witnessed over 60% on its third Friday, but it has shown decent growth on Friday.
"Airlift" has collected Rs 5.07 crore at the Indian box office on its third Friday and Saturday, and its 16-day domestic total stands at Rs 117.36 crore nett. Taran Adarsh tweeted, "#Airlift [Week 3] Fri 2.03 cr, Sat 3.04 cr. Total: â‚¹ 117.36 cr. India biz. (sic)"