Desi Boyz clash: Akshay's 'Mission Mangal' beats John's 'Batla House'
Akshay Kumar's Mission Mangal, which was released yesterday, witnessed a great start at the box office. As per Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the movie raked in Rs. 29.16 crore on the first day of its release. With a stupendous opening, Mission Mangal managed to beat Batla House on day-1. Reportedly, the John Abraham starrer minted around Rs. 14.59 crore at the box office.
Given the positive reviews and a wonderful opening, Mission Mangal emerged as Akshay's highest opener so far. The movie managed to beat his 2018 release Gold, which had made a collection of Rs. 25.25 crore on the first day. "Independence Day holiday gives biz an additional boost. Multiplexes outstanding, mass circuits good. Emerges Akshay Kumar's biggest opener," Taran Adarsh wrote on Twitter.
#MissionMangal takes a fantabulous start... #IndependenceDay holiday gives biz an additional boost... Multiplexes outstanding, mass circuits good... Emerges Akshay Kumar's biggest opener... Thu ₹ 29.16 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 16, 2019
To note, Mission Mangal happens to be Akshay's fourth release on Independence day after Rustom (2016), Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) and Gold (2018). And, each of them turned out to be a winner at the box office, making August 15 Akshay's lucky date.
Meanwhile, John's Batla House, which also released yesterday, was unfortunately overshadowed by Mission Mangal, even though it opened to decent reviews. "#BatlaHouse fares well on Day 1, although numbers are affected due to clash. Independence Day holiday gave its biz additional push," Taran tweeted. To note, Batla House has been inspired by the controversial 2008 encounter operation, which took place in Delhi.
Like Batla House, Mission Mangal is also based on a real-life incident. Directed by Jagan Shakti, and produced by R. Balki, the film pays a tribute to the women scientists in ISRO, who have played a pivotal role in the Mars Orbiter Mission. It also has Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, Vikram Gokhale and Sonakshi Sinha in pivotal roles.
Although Mission Mangal is a clear winner for now, John remains quite unfazed with this box office clash. Talking about it, the Madras Cafe actor once had stated, "Akshay and I are very dear friends, we really get along. In fact, just the other day we texted each other. There is absolutely nothing there. We are just releasing two films on the same day."
Meanwhile, reports have emerged which say that both Mission Mangal and Batla House have fallen prey to piracy. As per a FilmiBeat report, both have been leaked online by piracy giant Tamilrockers, within hours of their releases. Reportedly, the films are available in HD print on the website. Whether this illegal release would affect their box office collections, only time will tell.