Akshay Kumar’s ‘Jolly LLB 2’ was below-the-mark on Day 1 at the box office. A good or excellent opening was important for a film like ‘Jolly LLB 2’ because Akshay was making a shift from his loyal fan base (masses) to the more lucrative multiplex audience.
He also has predominantly multiplex catering line-up with films like ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Padman’ coming up and those films on-paper are far more riskier than a ‘Jolly LLB 2’. So a solid ‘Rustom’ like start for ‘Jolly LLB 2’ would’ve firmly placed him in the upper league, with his presence generating a potential 15 crore plus start. But now that the opening hasn’t come, the expectations – as far as the opening is concerned – will be lower from his upcoming films.
Even though the trade had immense expectations, Jolly LLB 2 with a wide release of 3200 screens, has collected approximately 12.5 crore on its opening day at the box office. The Mumbai circuit, which has contributed 3.15 crore on Day 1, was the problem as it was too low. East Punjab was the only stand out performer with collections of 1.35 crore, followed by Delhi/UP which was driven by the NCR region. The other circuits were poor to average at best.
The film was a washout in the South, with Singam 3 affecting the business in Tamilnadu, while Kerala business was affected by the release of Ezra which was recording very high occupancy in the state.
Jolly LLB 2 ranks No 9 in the all-time list of top Akshay Kumar openers. On real-value, Rowdy Rathore remains his biggest to date. It was a film that released on lower number of screens, had the highest occupancy and falls. It was also the only film that can be categorised as ‘excellent’ followed by ‘Rustom’ which did very well inspite of clash.
|1||Singh Is Bling||17.5 crore (national holiday)|
|2||Housefull 3||15.20 crore|
|4||Rowdy Rathore||14.50 crore|
|6||Gabbar Is Back||13.10 crore (partial holiday)|
|7||Tees Mar Khan||12.75 crore|
|8||Housefull 2||12.50 crore|
|9||Jolly LLB 2||12.50 crore|