Akshay Kumar’s Kesari, Vidyut Jamwal’s Junglee and Notebook, produced by Salman Khan have been vying for profits at the box office in recent weeks. While Kesari has been the standout performer of the three movies, Junglee too has been doing well considering its limited release. However, Notebook has not been able to grab headlines and looks set to take a dent on profits.
Kesari hit the theatres around Holi, and the festive period has certainly helped the historical drama’s case. Akshay Kumar has been lauded for his performance in the film, and it is close to hitting the 150 crore mark. Trade analyst Tarun Adarsh said in his report earlier, that Kesari is slowly moving towards its target but may struggle in the third week since its release.
Here’s what he wrote in a Tweet, “Kesari is slow, but steady… Target Rs. 150 cr depends on how it fares in Week 3, when new films arrive, screens/shows get reduced and biz gets divided… [Week 2] Fri 4.45 cr, Sat 6.45 cr, Sun 8.25 cr, Mon 3.27 cr, Tue 2.75 cr. Total: Rs. 131.03 cr. India biz.”
Elsewhere, Junglee, featuring Vidyut Jamwal has been doing sufficiently good business. The movie released on 29 March and has since collected a decent sum of 18.15 crores. The movie is helmed by Hollywood director Chuck Russell, who was the man behind popular films like The Mask (1994), The Scorpion King (2002) and I Am Wrath (2016) and many others.
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Junglee is the story of Chandrika Sanctuary in Odisha and is produced under the banner Junglee Pictures. The movie revolves around Raj (Vidyut) who is a veterinary doctor returning from Mumbai to his home, only to fight for lives of Elephants residing in the Jungle where his father lived once upon a time.
Furthermore, Junglee’s direct competitor Notebook, starring Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer Iqbal produced under Salman Khan has failed massively. The movie has managed just 3.65 crores in total earnings and is set to go down as a flop. The plot revolves around two teachers presiding in a school in Kashmir who later fall in love with each other through a notebook. The movie had an initial budget of 15 crores but it seems this one will go down as a lost cause.