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Akshay Kumar's Special 26 gets Rs. 25 crore opening at BO

Agencies  New Delhi, February 11, 2013
First Published: 14:16 IST(11/2/2013) | Last Updated: 15:35 IST(11/2/2013)

Fortunately or unfortunately, Akshay Kumar has set the bar really high with his recent film releases. So much so that his latest film Special 26, despite earning more than Rs. 25 crore over the weekend, has scored relatively lesser than his earlier films Rowdy Rathore and Khiladi 786.

According to Bollywood Hungama's figures, Special Chabbis collected approximately Rs. 26.5 cr to 27 cr net in its opening weekend.

The Akshay Kumar-Anupam Kher starrer has reportedly witnessed great growth after a tepid start. The film's business grew substantially on Saturday and Sunday and is currently rocking at multiplexes.

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The film earned Rs. 7 crore on Friday, and picked up eventually earning approximately Rs. 9 crore on Saturday, and around Rs. 10.5 to 11 crore on Sunday.

While not bad for an opening, Special Chabbis paled in comparison with Akshay Kumar's last two releases. According to Bollywood Hungama and KoiMoi.com, Rowdy Rathore (2011) got the biggest non-holiday opening weekend ever and collects a colossal Rs. 48.3 cr + nett in its first 3 days and Khiladi 786 collected over 33 crores approx over the first weekend.

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(With additional inputs)

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