Akshay Kumar’s Holi release Kesari has marked the biggest opening at the box office on its day 1. The historical drama film collects Rs 21 Cr on its opening day. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about the Kesari collections. This film stood as the biggest opener so far in recent times.
Akshay Kumar’s Holi Release Kesari Box Office Collection Day 1
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the figures on Friday. “#Kesari roars… Sets the BO on (fire). Emerges the biggest opener of 2019 [so far]… After limited shows in morning/noon [#Holi festivities], the biz witnessed massive growth from 3 pm/4 pm onwards… Evening shows saw terrific occupancy… Thu Rs 21.50 cr. India biz,” he wrote in his tweet.
Adarsh also revealed that the film is the second biggest opener of Akshay’s career. “Top *Opening Day* biz – 2019… 1. #Kesari Rs 21.50 cr [Thu] 2. #GullyBoy Rs 19.40 cr [Thu] 3. #TotalDhamaal Rs 16.50 cr 4. #CaptainMarvel Rs 13.01 cr Note: Rs 10 cr+ openers. India biz. #Kesari is Akshay Kumar’s second biggest opener, after #Gold [Rs 25.25 cr; #IndependenceDay],” he wrote in his tweet.
The film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi said ahead of the release, “Holi is not expected to be an advantage as most of the malls and theatres remain shut during the first half. Despite the Holi disadvantage it should open at around Rs 15 crore.”
“It has the potential to go beyond Rs 30 crore in the first weekend and should certainly cross the Rs 100 crore mark on the 8th or 9th day,” he added.
Rathi expected director Anurag Singh’s film to be among Akshay’s highest grossers and said, “The movie has generated tremendous buzz and the kind of feedback coming from the screenings that have happened is terrific. Besides, it is about an event that makes every Indian proud and want them to know what happened more than 100 years ago. Akshay Kumar is one of the biggest superstars we have in the industry. I think it has the potential to be his highest grosser till date.”
Kesari is the historical drama based on the Battle of Saragarhi when 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army fought against the 10,000 Afghan tribesmen.