By Hindustan Times
Akshay Kumar has finally seen a solo hit post Singh Is Kinng (2008). In fact, Rowdy Rathore is Khiladi Kumar's biggest solo opening. The actor thanked his fans on Twitter: "I owe a HUGE thank you to my audience! You are the only reason behind the biggest opening weekend of my career! Love Rowdy."
Made in a budget of Rs. 45 crore, the film has already collected Rs. 48.5 crore in the opening weekend. Film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted: "#RowdyRathore rakes in Rs. 48.5 crore in 3 days."
"RowdyRathore Breakup:- Fri 15.1 cr, Sat 14.7 cr, Sun 18.5 cr +. Total: Rs. 48.5 cr + nett. Biggest non-holiday weekend. Fantabulous," he added.
His another tweet read: "#RowdyRathore Monday trends: Rocking... Expect a big, fat total on Monday... 'Wowdy' Rathore!"
He also pointed out that if only Friday to Sunday numbers are collated, Rowdy Rathore is a bigger opener than Agneepath. "#RowdyRathore has smashed previous records by a big margin. Collects a colossal Rs. 48.3 cr + nett in its first 3 days. #RowdyRathore biz is *better* than this year's first Blockbuster #Agneepath, if one compares Friday to Sunday numbers... #Agneepath had advantage of 4-day weekend [Thu to Sun], so weekend total is bigger [Thu 23 cr, Fri 12.75 cr, Sat 14.5 cr, Sun 17.25 cr]."
The film directed by Prabhu Deva is also the third biggest opener ever. "#RowdyRathore is the third biggest opener ever, after #Agneepath and #Bodyguard. Incidentally, all three films are remakes!" the trade expert wrote on his Twitter page.
"#RowdyRathore *India* Fri 15.10 cr nett. Biggest non-holiday Friday opener. O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G," he added.
Trade analyst Komal Nahta thinks the film has the potential to cross 100 crore mark: "Straight B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R! That's what Rowdy Rathore is!! Next 100-crore film? All chances!"
It's Akshay's widest release so far as it opened on 2,800 screens in the country. Sonakshi Sinha is the female lead in the film. Co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala, the film marked Akshay's return as an action hero.