By Hindustan Times
Neither IPL nor Akshay Kumar's bad form at the box-office proved to be a deterrent for Sajid Khan's multi-starrer. Housefull 2 has garnered Rs. 42 crore in its opening weekend. What's more? It's Akshay Kumar's biggest opener ever.
"The first day collections of the film were Rs. 14 crore. On Saturday, collections dropped slightly to Rs. 13 crore. On Sunday, Housefull 2 netted a total of Rs. 15 crore, taking its three-day total to Rs. 42 crore (approx. all-India net)," writes trade analyst Komal Nahta in koimoi.com.
"In terms of box-office records, Housefull 2 has the second best opening day collections of 2012, after Agneepath (Rs. 25 crore)," says Nahta.
The film is going strong in overseas also. "In addition, Housefull 2 collected Rs. 5.50 crore in the Overseas circuit over Thursday and Friday. In the UK, it collected £ 112,075 on Friday. In Australia, Housefull 2 collected A$ 73,143 on Friday. In New Zealand, the Friday collections were NZ$ 34,604. In the UAE, collections on Thursday were AED 725,000," writes Nahta.
Akshay Kumar is back with a bang. "Has proved its detractors wrong and has emerged Akshay Kumar's biggest opener. Had a bountiful start on Friday [Rs 14 cr], slided downwards slightly on Saturday, though the fall was marginal [Rs 13 cr], but had a solid Sunday [Rs 16.5 cr], taking the 3-day total to Rs. 43.5 cr nett. Is the second biggest opener of 2012 so far, after AGNEEPATH. The business on Friday and Saturday was affected due to the cricket matches, while the business in North and South circuits got affected due to the strong opposition posed by a Punjabi and Telugu film, respectively. Yet, a fabulous start of Rs. 40 cr + weekend has ensured the film a prime place in the biggest openers' listing," writes Taran Adarsh for Bollywood Hungama.
Sajid Khan was confident about the film's prospects at BO. “I saw the movie last night and I promise you, I am not saying this because I directed this film, I am saying it out of sheer love for cinema as an audience, this film is a blockbuster and I am so proud that I have directed it,” he had said in one of his interviews before the film's release.