The year 2016 has its first hit. Airlift starring superstar Akshay Kumar has hit the jackpot with the film being lapped up by critics as well as masses.
The film that was released on January 22 collected a total of Rs. 44.30 crore at the end of the weekend.
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Airlift collected Rs.12.35 crore on its opening day and continued to grow over the weekend with Rs.14.60 crore and Rs.17.35 crore on the second and third day respectively.
“#Airlift had EXCELLENT trending over the weekend. Received tremendous love from moviegoers, which explains the day-wise growth…” Adarsh tweeted on Monday.
Word of mouth publicity by the movie goers for the film is said to be very strong and it is expected to pile up a huge collection by the end of the first week.
The thriller based on evacuation of 1,70,000 Indians from Kuwait by the Indian government during Iraq’s invasion of the oil rich country in 1990 has also performed well overseas. In Middle East, it collected Rs.1.66 crore on the first day – highest ever opening for an Akshay Kumar film in that territory.
Akshay essays the role of an Indian businessman based in Kuwait who plays a vital role in the mammoth evacuation operation. Directed by Raja Krishna Menon, Airlift also stars Nimrat Kaur, Kumud Mishra and Purab Kohli in pivotal roles.
Four films – Baby, Gabbar is Back, Brothers and Singh Is Bling – starring Akshay were released in 2015. Though all of them succeeded in domestic box office, they missed the Rs.100-crore mark by a whisker.
This time, Akshay is poised to break the mark with Airlift, going by overwhelming response to the film from the audiences.