Akshay Kumar scored his highest opening with Mission Mangal John Abraham scored his second highest opening film in Independence Day 2019 at the box office.
It was probably the biggest clash this year when Akshay Kumar starrer Gold took over the John Abraham starrer Satyameva Jayate during the Independence Day week last year. Both films went on to the record breaking opening and also became one of the highest grossing films of 2018. While Gold went to earn Rs 107.35 crores, Satyameva Jayate became the highest grossing film of John Abraham as a solo hero. Now, Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal have locked the date for 15th August, 2019 which will also see the release of John Abraham’s Batla House.
em>Mission Mangal is being directed by Jagan Shakti and stars Viday Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Tapsee Pannu and Nithya Menen in key roles. Mission Mangal tells the true story of the journey of Indian scientist from Indian Space Research Organisation who made it possible for Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), the first Indian space probe to be launched in Mars.
Akshay Kumar score well this year with Kesari (Rs 156 crore) released in Holi, while Mission Mangal became his highest opening film taking advantages of two holidays – Independence Day and Rakhi on 15th August. The trailer has been welcomed and the movie has impressive star cast, especially Vidya Balan and Taapsee Pannu. The advance booking of Mission Mangal started last Saturday and review. Mission Mangal opened to an excellent response in the morning show with occupancy rate 50-55% and picked up later in the evening and night shows , consolidating the first day opening with somewhere between Rs 27-28 crore which is the second best opening of the year after Bharat. This is similar to the opening of Gold last year and comfortably crossed its first day figure (Rs 25.25 crore).
Batla House stars John Abraham, Ravi Kishan, Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi and is being directed by Nikhil Advani (Kal Ho Na Ho and D-Day).
John Abraham has successfully build action star image with patriotic films like Parmanu-The Story Of Pokhran, Satyameva Jayate and RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter). He is back with Batla House, which tells the true incident of the 2008 controversial encounter at Batla House in Delhi.
The trailer has been impressive and with solid reviews. Batla House has opened to a good 20-25% occupancy in the morning shows across India but did well in the evening and night shows, touching some where between Rs 16-17 which is lesser than Satyameva Jayate. (Rs 20.52 crore) but good enough to post a second highest opening film of John Abraham.