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Akshay Kumar’s PadMan to earn Rs 15cr on day one, Rs 50cr over weekend?

According to trade pundits, Akshay Kumar ‘s film will earn Rs 12-15 crore on day one and is likely to collect Rs 50 crore over the weekend.

bollywood Updated: Feb 08, 2018 17:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Akshay Kumar plays the titular role in R Balki’s Padman.

Akshay Kumar’s PadMan is set to hit theatres on February 9 and the trade pundits have expressed hopes that the film will continue the dream box office run started by Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat earlier this year. Most experts believe the film, that also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in important roles, is likely to make an opening collection of Rs 12-15 crore.

After Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary got postponed, owing to a delay in the certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, PadMan became the solo release of the week.

Releasing in 2300-2500 screens across India, PadMan also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles. It is based on the real life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who made low-cost sanitary pads for the women of his village. Amitabh Bachchan also plays a cameo in PadMan.

Trade analyst Joginder Tuteja predicted, in his report for Koimoi, an opening collection of Rs 12-14 crore for the Akshay Kumar-starrer while film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi said the earnings could be between Rs 12-15 crore for day one. According to an Indian Express report, trade analyst Girish Johar expressed hope that PadMan will collect Rs 13-14 crore on Friday.

“Given the solo release for Padman, it is likely to have a usual Akshay Kumar-opening, which means it will earn Rs 12-15 crore on the first day. As for the weekend, the R Balki film can manage Rs 45-50 crore. Beyond that, however, the collection of the movie really depends on the content and how the audience takes it," Rathi told Hindustan Times.

Last month, Akshay Kumar shifted the release of PadMan to ensure a smooth release for Bhansali’s Padmaavat. Padmaavat, that stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, has earned Rs 231 crore since it hit theatres on January 25.

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First Published: Feb 08, 2018 17:33 IST