More than the box office opening of Love Aaj Kal most are curious to know if the Imtiaz Ali film can beat Akshay Kumar’s Kambakht Ishq and get the biggest hit of the year tag.. also if Love Aaj Kal is actor Saif Ali Khan’s biggest opener ever..!
Well, Love Aaj Kal has surpassed all expectations and has opened to historic collections all over India. Infact, in some centres the collections are comparable to that of Aamir Khan’s Ghajini, which remains the biggest opener ever! Although the word of mouth is average, the film is all set to break the weekend record (2009) set by Kambakht Ishq. What could also help Love Aaj Kal is the holiday on August 5th due to Raksha Bandhan and not to forget the open 2nd week, with the next big release Kaminey releasing on 14th August.
Business for the Saif – Deepika starrer is best at multiplexes, while the single screens especially in the south is on the lower side.
According to boxofficeindia, the first day collections are second only to Ghajini and the film has managed to beat Rab Ne, Singh Is King and Kambakht Ishq by a fair distance (net figures below).
- Ghajini – 9.25 crores
- Love Aaj Kal – 8.25 crores
- Kambakht Ishq – 7.50 crores
- Singh Is King – 7.25 crores
- Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – 7 crores
With Race breaking opening week records last year and now Love Aaj Kal well on its way in doing the same, would it be safe to include Saif Ali Khan in the Top 5 superstars of Bollywood? Or was the huge hype due to the Jab We Met director’s presence? Also, do big director’s have star power, or shall we call it “director power”, of their own to draw in the audience? Are they as big as stars? Quite interesting..! What do you think? Comments below