Akshay Kumar’s Rustom is reaching new heights with each passing day at the box office. The movie, which is loosely based on the infamous case of KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra, struck the right chords with the audiences. Despite the box office clash with director Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde, Rustom managed to rake in the moolah at the box office. It minted over Rs 50 crore within three days of release.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote, “
#Rustom had a FABULOUS Sun… Crosses ₹ 50 cr mark.. Mon [Independence Day holiday] will boost the biz further… SMASH HIT…” He also gave out the numbers, “ #Rustom Fri 14.11 cr, Sat 16.43 cr, Sun 19.88 cr. Total: ₹ 50.42 cr. India biz. TERRIFIC!”
Trade analysts have been predicting Rs 100-crore business for this Akshay Kumar starrer since the movie will be benefitted by Monday also being a holiday due to Independence Day. Rustom has also been garnering praises for its intriguing storyline and Akshay Kumar’s new avatar seems to have worked wonders for the film. While Rustom is riding high on the strong word of mouth from the viewers, the movie’s collections is expected to rise and will put up a strong total at the box office.
On Friday, the day of release, Rustom collected Rs. 14.11 crore at the ticket window. The movie found its place among the top five openers of 2016 and secured the fourth position in the list. On day two, Saturday, the movie witnessed a growth of 16.44% in its collections and earned Rs. 16.43 cr. at the box office.
Rustom has a strong hold on the international market also. It collected $1.24 million [₹ 8.30 cr] overseas. The movie was unstoppable in UAE-GCC. Here’s the overseas breakup: Thu AED 1 million, Fri AED 1.3 million, Sat AED 800,000. Total: AED 3.1 million [₹ 5.65 cr]. (Rustom box office day 2 collection: Akshay Kumar’s film mints Rs. 30.54 cr)
Among the top five openers of the year, two belong to Akshay himself. While his Housefull 3 earned Rs 15.21 crore on day 1, Airlift’s tally was 12.35 crore. Both went on to do over Rs 100-crore business.
Rustom is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai and also stars Ileana D’Cruz, Arjan Bajwa and Esha Gupta. Akshay plays a naval commander in the film who is accused of killing his wife’s lover. It was released over 2,317 screens across cities in India and 550-plus overseas.