Gabbar Is Back has opened well at the box office, even though the occupancy should have been higher since today is a holiday in most parts of the country. Single-screens have taken the best opening of 2015, but the occupancy at multiplexes was lower than Roy, Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The Akshay Kumar starrer is competing with big regional releases today. Kamal Haasan’s ‘Uttama Villain’ has released in the South and Marathi film ‘Time Pass 2’ has taken a record breaking start in Maharastra – where the occupancy is significantly higher than ‘Gabbar Is Back’.
Compared to Akshay Kumar films, Gabbar Is Back is easily his best opening in a long time. The movie has taken a better start than Baby, Holiday, Entertainment and Boss — but that could also be because of the holiday factor.
Overall, the opening suggests that the film should collect around 12.5 – 13 crore on its opening day, but if the film picks up towards the end of the day, then it could get closer to the 14-15 crore mark.
Morning show occupancy for films released in 2015
- Avengers – 68%
- Fast and Furious 7 - 65%
- Gabbar Is Back – 45% (partial holiday)
- Roy - 40%
- Detective Byomkesh Bakshi – 35% (holiday)
- Badlapur – 30%
- Tevar – 30%
- Baby – 25%
- Shamitabh – 15%
- NH10 – 15%
- Mr X – 10%
- Dum Laga Ke Haisha – 8%