Can Akshay Kumar deliver a big hit with ‘Gabbar Is Back’?

Most Akshay Kumar films in the last few years have grossed just about enough to recover costs, but no film has gone on to be runaway hits at the box office. His last solo-film that did well enough to earn distributors a lot of money was Rowdy Rathore, which released way back in 2012.


A quick look at the box office collections and verdicts of Akshay’s last few films.

Rowdy Rathore 1 Jun 2012 134 crore Blockbuster
Joker 31 Aug 2012 21.3 crore Flop
Oh My God 28 Sep 2012 83 crore Super Hit
Khiladi 786 7 Dec 2012 65 crore Average
Special 26 8 Feb 2013 68 crore Hit
OUATIMD 15 Aug 2013 61 crore Flop
Boss 16 Oct 2013 54 crore Flop
Holiday 6 Jun 2014 113 crore Hit
Entertainment 8 Aug 2014 72 crore Average
Baby 23 Jan 2015 96 crore Above Average

As you can see from the table above, Rowdy Rathore was one of the biggest hits of Akshay Kumar’s career. That film was produced by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shabini Khan, who have also produced his latest film ‘Gabbar Is Back’. Interestingly, the similarities don’t end there. The genre of both ‘Rowdy Rathore’ and ‘Gabbar Is Back’ is similar (masala entertainer), both were remakes of South Indian blockbusters and both films feature Kareena Kapoor Khan in a special appearance!

It remains to be seen if ‘Gabbar Is Back’ can recreate the magic of ‘Rowdy Rathore’. The industry is going through its leanest patch in decades and ‘Gabbar Is Back’ will be the first film to release this year that features a established superstar and also has a universally appealing genre. The success of the film will be important for Akshay Kumar, the industry and also for single-screens in smaller towns. More so because no film in 2015 has done well at single-screens.



  • Gobar will do good at single screens but at plexes it will be rejected
    bombay velvet will be first 100cr movie of this year

  • Promotions and TV publicity is lacking which was more in RR. Also mass level reach is less.
    But on a good side it will get about 1000-1500 screens more than RR which will help it to reach around 15cr figure.

  • Akki not promoting his movies well…
    that’s huge loss for them…
    verdict will be hit only
    lifetime – max 100 cr

  • Not sure about a ‘big hit’ but a ‘big flop’ looks so imminent , gobbar is back is like flop is back for floppy Kumar

  • @ultron aka… Sambuddha.. @aka Arjun kapor fan ….

    Gabbar will be blockbuster… N BV flop …. Get out of here

  • This will be the first film to do well at single screens..even multiplex opening should be good enough to take it to the biggest first day of 2015 and Akshay Kumar’s career

  • Last chance for Akki to prove his superstardom at boxoffice. If this movie fails to cross 115crs + phir it is for sure akki will nt be considered as big crowd puller. High end MPlexs 1st choice will remain Avengers:age of ultron. The hwood movie is also getting housefull crowds in small circuits of bihar, CI etc.. Screen count won’t be record breaking in multiplexes for sure.. SS it will be record screens of this year..

  • @ ullu criminal bhai film are becoming hit because his film release on eid . Best example of jai ho was released on republic day it becomes averge film .

  • Highest grosser till now (97cr).
    Baby 97
    GIB 105
    BT 225
    SIB 120
    AL 135
    H.3 160
    only akki will become first true superstar to cross 3000cr. after h:3.

  • My prediction –
    First day in the range of 13cr to 16cr ,
    If movie get more than 16cr opening then it good chance to beat rowdy rathore record

  • @indicine: Gabbar is back promos are hardly there on tv even though the film is releasing this week while BV and sunny leone’s KKLH promos are all over music channels..
    TV is the best way to connect to the masses but don’t know why promos are missing on TV..
    Same was the case with BABY promos..

    Still I hope it collects 100crs+,industry needs GIB’s success badly

  • BTW another site(koimoi) says Advance booking for Gabbar is back starts today in some parts in india and pre booking report is not up to mark as it is a Akhay Kumar movie.

    But according to me it will definetly cross 100 crore mark


  • 1st day 13.50cr. in 3800-4200 screen because this is a bhansali film.
    1day – 13.50//3 – 42.00//7 – 68.00
    Review – 3.5
    Screen -3800+
    2 week running – 2.5/5.
    Release date – 2.5/5.
    Promotion – 3/5.

  • no, gabbar will hardly cross 60 cr bcoz it is niether classy and niether massy….it will not work both type of audiance

  • Akshay last 10 film in domestic releasing.
    ..H:2- 2100.
    ..R.R- 2500.
    ..omg – 1700.
    ..K:786 -2700.
    ..S:26 – 1750.
    ..0UATIMD – 2500.
    ..BOSS – 2850.
    ..HLD – 3400.
    ..ETMT – 2980. – 2700+.
    Definately record will be break of screen releaseing.hope too.

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