Neeraj Pandey’s (of A Wednesday fame) second directorial Special Chabbis (Special 26) starring Akshay Kumar & Choreographer turned director Remo D’Souza’s ABCD – Any Body Can Dance opened at Indian box office today (February 8). Special 26 is an edge of the seat thriller like Neeraj’s first film and ABCD Any Body Can Dance is India’s first 3D dance film. As expected Special 26 opened to very good reviews whereas ABCD Any Body Can Dance opened to mediocre reviews. Today at the box office ABCD opened to 50-60% collection during the morning & after noon shows whereas Special 26 opened to 30% response. ABCD had youngsters flocking in to the theaters all thanks to the colorful song & dance promos. Although Akshay Kumar is a big star Special 26 registered lower collections due to the fact that it isn’t a mass film. It is a sensible film made for those who like well made thrillers.
As for the number of prints, Special 26 obviously had a wider release since Akshay Kumar is a big star. But in case of ABCD Any Body Can Dance, the movie is in 3D and the revenue will be comparatively high considering the charge for 3D glasses.
However, like a real suspense thriller things took a U-turn toward the evening. ABCD Any Body Can Dance collections dropped to 30% whereas Special 26 jumped to 50-60% range. Considering the word of mouth as well as the critics reviews are in favor of the movie, Special 26 will most probably have a better weekend figure. In the end, both the movies stand at a 40% day 1 figure. The exact day 1 collection figure is not available at the moment and we will update on the same by tomorrow. Watch this space for more information.
Coming to the last week releases, Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop dominated the rest. The movie ended up collecting an approximate figure of 11.5 crores nett in week 1. The movie maintained very well on the weekdays. The controversy surrounding the release of the movie in Tamil Nadu helped the Hindi version of the movie.
Bejoy Nambiar’s multi-starer David starring Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vikram & Tabu failed to make any impact at the box office. It collected mere 3.86 crores nett in Week 1. David is a big disappointment for everyone involved with the project. Neil Nitin Mukesh has been part of several flops and David is the latest movie on that list. Tamil super star Vikram once again failed to make a difference in Bollywood after his dismal start with Mani Ratnam’s Raavan before.
On the other hand Abbas Mastan’s Race 2, which is in its 3rd week now, comfortably crossed the 100 crore mark in India making it the first blockbuster of the year. Race 2 featuring an ensemble cast fetched 24.35 crores nett in week 2. It’s the biggest hit of both the heroes Saif Ali Khan & John Abraham. Race 2 also features Anil Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez & Amisha Patel. Given the movie is a hit the announcement of the 3rd part should come out very soon. Race 2 a huge success at overseas as well. The movie has so far collected 6 million dollars in the international market.