This weekend has been 2013’s first super weekend for Bollywood. Both film releases, Remo D’Souza’s ABCD - Any Body Can Dance and Neeraj Pandey’s Special 26, have garnered both box-office numbers and critical acclaim. While the latter had major star presence in the form of Akshay Kumar, the former had no big names at all, apart from Prabhudheva, who’s been more prolific as a director of late (he directed Akshay in last year’s Rowdy Rathore, which entered the Rs. 100 cr club).
Ask trade analyst Taran Adarsh about this and he says, “It was a very good weekend for the industry. Both films fetched good numbers.”
Film exhibitor and distributor Akshaye Rathi agrees, adding, “With ABCD, Remo has proven yet again (after F.A.L.T.U, 2011) that a concept based film with great mass appeal can make people flock to cinema halls. Despite having no star value, the film has taken a solid opening and sustained well on Monday too. The cheers, claps and whistles witnessed in cinema halls are something you usually only see for the best of scenes featuring the biggest of stars.”
At the rate at which they are raking in the figures, both films look as though they will remain stable at the box office for the rest of the week, predicts trade analyst Vinod Mirani. Mirani also points out that there’s been no negative response for either of the two movies.
About Special 26, which is currently making more money than ABCD is, Rathi adds, “It presents Akshay in a way that we haven’t seen him in since a very long time.”
Trade analyst Komal Nahta also points out that this is one of Akshay’s few films that appeal more to the classes than to the masses.
Special 26 ABCD
Rs 7 crore Rs. 5.5 crore
Rs 9 crore Rs. 6.5 crore
Rs 11 crore Rs 7.5 crore