Bollywood flicks "Special 26" and "ABCD: Any Body Can Dance" collected approximately ₹27 crore and ₹19.5 crore, respectively, at the domestic box office in the first weekend.
Trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted that the weekend was "damn good for the industry" and added that both movies fetched very good earnings over the weekend.
Akshay Kumar's heist drama "Special 26" did tremendously well at the box office on Saturday and Sunday following its release on 8 February.
The film released across 1750 screens in India and collected approximately ₹7 crore in the domestic box office on the opening day. It first opened to an average response but later picked up and collected approximately ₹27 crore over the weekend.
"#Special26 collected approx ₹26.5 crore to ₹27 crore nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri ₹7 crore, Sat ₹9 crore, Sun ₹10.5 crore to ₹11 crore," trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted.
The movie is directed by Neeraj Pandey and features Akshay, Kajal Aggarwal, Manoj Bajpayee ,Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgill , Rajesh Sharma, Mukesh Bhatt and Deepraj Rana.
At the same time, Bollywood's 3D dance movie and the first of its kind in India, "ABCD: Any Body Can Dance", which released on the same day as "Special 26", did fairly well at the box office but made fewer collections.
"#ABCD collected approx ₹19.5 crore nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri ₹5.5 crore, Sat ₹6.5 crore, Sun ₹7.5 crore," Taran Adarsh tweeted.
The film, which lacks a superstar cast except for Prabhu Deva in it, collected ₹5.5 crore from 400 3D screens and 350 2D screens on the first day of its domestic release.
The movie is directed by choreographer Remo D'Souza and features Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya playing the lead roles.