This week box office started on a slow note as Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Anek and Tom Cruise starrer Top Gun Maverick opened below expectations.
Box Office can be so unpredictable. Ayushmann Khurrana teaming up again with Anubhav Sinha whose Article 15 minted Rs 66 crores against a budget of Rs 25 crores and turned out to be “Super-Hit” at the box office. Much was expected from their next outing Anek. However, it had opened to a tepid response.
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Anek has just opened to a morning occupancy range of 5-8% which is very poor considering the expectations from Ayushmann Khurrana and Anubhav Sinha collaboration. The collections did bump up in the evening and night shows but overall it managed to collect around Rs 1.75-2 crore which is below than Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui that minted Rs 3.75 crore. The budget of Anek is Rs 45 Crores including promotions.
Produced by A Benaras Mediaworks Production and T Series, the action flick will face Tom Cruise starrer Top Gun Maverick and last year box office champ, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.
Sequel to Top Gun (1986), Top Gun 2 was in making ever since 2012. Initially, Tony Scott, who also made the original, decided to start. However, after his death, the project was shelved, eventually taken up by Joseph Kosinski who took over in 2018 and after 2 years of delay, Top Gun 2 saw the light of the day. From the director of brilliantly made Tron Legacy and Oblivion, Joseph Kosinski enhances the franchises with more adrenaline pumping flight sequences and the reviews have been exceptional till now.
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Top Gun 2 rolled out on Wednesday in the paid preview shows with Rs 25 lakhs followed by only IMAX releases on Thursday with Rs 1.75 crore. There was a slight increase on Friday with Rs 2 crore, bringing the 4 days total to Rs 4 crore, which is below expectation considering Tom Cruise is extremely popular in India.