Akshay Kumar in Baby
Akshay Kumar in 'Baby'Facebook

The word of mouth has worked in the favour of Akshay Kumar's "Baby" as it has shown tremendous growth at the box office over the weekend. On the other hand, Sonam Kapoor's "Dolly Ki Doli" had a decent opening weekend at the box office.

"Baby" starring Akshay, Anupam Kher and Rana Daggubati in lead roles raked in ₹36.07 crore in its opening weekend from domestic box office.

The action thriller directed by Neeraj Pandey started on a slow note, but the business showed upward trend gradually over the weekend. This was mostly due to positive word of mouth from critics as well as audience.

On opening day, the film minted ₹9.3 crore, while on Saturday it minted ₹11.17 crore and on Sunday "Baby" minted ₹15.60 crore.

The collection is expected to grow or remain steady on Monday due to Republic Day holiday across the country.

"#Baby continues its forward march. Collects ₹15.60 cr on Sun. Today [26 Jan] should deliver big numbers again as word of mouth is super," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

Meanwhile, Sonam's romantic comedy movie "Dolly Ki Doli" failed to show much growth over the weekend. The film received lukewarm response on opening day, but it made a decent business over the opening weekend.

Here is the opening weekend break-up of the film: Friday ₹2.55 crore, Saturday ₹3.44 crore and Sunday ₹4.76 crore. The opening weekend total of "Dolly Ki Doli" stands at ₹10.75 crore.

The film might not benefit from the extended opening weekend, as the overall buzz is slightly negative. Also, at the box office Akshay's "Baby" is giving "Dolly Ki Doli" a tough competition in terms of numbers.

Overall, the film needs to increase its pace at the box office to earn the production cost otherwise it will be termed as a "disaster" in India.

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