Box Office dipped in domestic mark as Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Anek fell flat but Tom Cruise ruled the box office worldwide with stellar debut of Top Gun Maverick.
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 poor morning occupancy range though the collections did bump up in the evening and night shows but overall it managed to collect around Rs 2.11 crore which is below than Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui that minted Rs 3.75 crore. There was a slight growth on Saturday with Rs 2.30 crore but Sunday collections dipped to Rs 1.90-2 crore, bringing the first weekend total to Rs 6.50-6.70 crore which is extremely poor. The budget of Anek is Rs 45 Crores including promotions.
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. The collection on Saturday was close to Rs 3.70 crore followed by a slightly better Sunday with Rs 4 crore, bringing the first weekend total to Rs 12.67-13 crore.
However, the story was different at the US domestic market as Top Gun 2 became the best debut ever for Tom Cruise, scoring $124 million in first three days since its release but predicting to touch $151 million on Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday. This will beat Tom Cruise’s previous record, War Of The World, which debuted with $64.5 million. Top Gun 2 will bring the worldwide total to 260-261 million worldwide.