It has happened. Akshay Kumar now has five of his films in the Rs. 100 Crore Club. With Housefull 3 bringing in Rs. 1.85 crore more on Wednesday and the overall collections standing at Rs. 101.50 crore, the actor has continued his good run, what with his last release Airlift also going way past the 100 crore mark.
Prior to Housefull 3, Akshay has scored a century each with Rowdy Rathore, Housefull 2, Holiday and Airlift. With Housefull 3 turning out to be his fifth Rs. 100 crore success, he has now gone past Aamir Khan who has four biggies to his name (Ghajini, 3 Idiots, Dhoom 3 and P.K.). That said, Aamir has set the record with each of these films and there are as many as two double centuries and one triple century in there.
Nonetheless, from the count of centuries perspective, Akshay is now neck to neck with Ajay Devgn who has scored five centuries [Singham, Golmaal 3, Singham Returns, Bol Bachchan, Son of Sardaar]. It would be interesting to see if and when Akshay’s next release Rustom goes past the Rs. 100 crore mark. Once that happens, he would be amongst the Top-3 century makers and would stand alongside Shah Rukh Khan who has scored six centuries so far [Ra. One, Don 2, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Chennai Express, Happy New Year, Dilwale].
Meanwhile, Te3N is continuing to decline and would find it tough to find screens for itself in the second week, what with Udta Punjab too up for a major release. The film brought in Rs. 1.27 crore on Wednesday and the collections so far are Rs. 15.17 crore. The film’s first week would be lower than the likes of Fitoor [Rs. 18 crore], Sarbjit [Rs. 22.09 crore], Rocky Handsome [Rs. 22.85 crore] and Sanam Re [Rs. 25.82 crore]. Disappointing.
Do Lafzon Ki Kahani is on its way out with barely Rs. 42 lakhs more coming its way on Wednesday. With just Rs. 5.16 crore in its kitty, the film is on the same lines as Randeep Hooda’s Main Aur Charles which had collected Rs. 5.50 crore in its first week.