Today marked the release of director duo Abbas-Mustan’s Race 2, which gained momentum due to the Eid holiday in some centres today. However, the reception it has received isn’t as big as expected. The first-day net box-office collections are pegged at Rs 13 crore. On the other hand, Luv Ranjan’s second outing as a director Akaash Vani failed to enthrall the audience and kept a low profile at the ticket window. The third film that released was Main Krishna Hoon, which barely saw the light of day.
In Mumbai, Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines says, “Abbas-Mustan’s Race 2 opened on a good note and is going strong in multiplexes. Good music, a good story and a very stylish film. I think it will earn Rs 5 crore on its first day in Mumbai and Rs 12-13 crore, all-India.”
In Delhi-UP, Brijesh Tandon of H K Tandon and Co adds, “Race 2 has drawn an average response and its collections are pegged at Rs 3 crore as it is a long weekend. This film is almost the same as part one and because the first installment was so good, the audience is excited to watch this film. The other two releases performed poorly.”
In East Punjab, Nanaksar Enterprises feels Race 2 will earn Rs 1.25 crore. “The morning shows opened on a good note though there was a drop in the afternoon shows. But the film picked up in the evening. The good thing is today and tomorrow are holidays, which makes it a three-day weekend.”
In West Bengal, Debashish Dey of Aum Moviez feels Race 2 will do good business. “It’s a total entertainer. It has action, it looks good, has good stars and music. It is also full of twists and turns, it will generate business of Rs 50-55 lakh on day one in West Bengal.”
In CP, Sarang Chandak of Shri Rang Films reveals, “Race 2 has done average business in CP. Actually, considering it’s a Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham starrer, it has done very good business. The film will make around Rs 75-80 lakh on day one. The three-day, long weekend is an added advantage and there is also no other big release to compete with.”
Gaurav Gaur of O’Real Imagination says Race 2 is doing very well in Rajasthan and collections are pegged at Rs 90 lakh on its first day. “Most shows are running house full and since there are three holidays, this can be a huge weekend.”