Actor Akshay Kumar’s recent release Jolly LLB 2 has been received well, both critically and commercially. Despite being a regular weekend release, the film’s footfall is in huge numbers, and with earnings to the tune of close to Rs 80 crore already, the film is likely to soon join the 100-crore club. Trade analysts believe that with this fourth consecutive hit, Akshay has managed to retain his loyal audience in the face of big releases by Shahrukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan a couple of weeks prior.
“JollyLLB, the first part itself was a successful beginning of the franchise and with Akshay Kumar, the game only got bigger. In the first two days the film collected what the first one collected overall. After establishing himself as a star, he is projecting himself in the zone of a successful actor,” says Trade analyst Atul Mohan.
In the wake of tough competition from Shahrukh Khan-starrer, Raees, and Hrithik Roshan- starrer, Kaabil, Jolly LLB 2’s success is an ever bigger achievement, considering both Raees and Kaabil released in the holiday weekend of 26th January. According to distributor Jogindar Mahajan, the business of Kaabil and Raess was anyway expected to be good, since the film’s release was followed by a holiday of Republic Day. But Akshay’s film turned out to be a table-turner, more so because the film was made on a small budget of Rs 30 crores, and shot in merely 30 days.
“Raess and Kaabil extended the week to nine days by releasing the film on January 25. It was expected that the films will do good. But Jolly LLB 2’s feat is remarkable as the production cost was so low. Akshay’s reputation is very good and he is picking really good subjects. He picks the films as per his age and which suit him. Other stars are still busy picking up typical love stories,” says Mahajan.
“Akshay’s choice of subjects has undergone a complete change in the last two or three years. He is been selecting the right s. He has got back his loyal audience which had threatened to leave him around three years back. The film will cross the 100-crore marks by the end of the day,” says trade analyst Komal Nahta.
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