Two highly content-driven films Mission Mangal and Batla House released this Independence Day. While John Abraham’s movie got a decent start, it is Akshay Kumar starrer that won the day 1 box office collection race.
Both Mission Mangal and Batla House are based on real life incidents, and are high on nationalistic feelings. However, it is the former that defeated John’s film in the box office race on its opening day by a huge margin.
With the huge buzz around it and a highly appreciated trailer, Mission Mangal witnessed massive occupancy at the theatres on Thursday. The film enjoyed an occupancy of around 65 per cent in theatres across the country, registering a big first-day box office collection at the domestic market.
In his review on Twitter, film analyst Taran Adarsh hailed the film by writing, “Clearly, one of the best films of 2019… Each character shines… High-concept film that keeps you hooked all through… Has potential to emerge Akshay Kumar’s highest grosser… Winner!”
Clearly, one of the best films of 2019… Each character shines… High-concept film that keeps you hooked all through… Has potential to emerge Akshay Kumar's highest grosser… Winner! #MissionMangalReview pic.twitter.com/5MnSbGTuKr
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 15, 2019
After a successful advance booking, Mission Mangal remained almost houseful in several multiplexes right from the morning shows. With such massive opening day response, the movie collected Rs 25 crore (approximately) at the Indian box office on day 1, according to early estimates.
Exact figures might turn out to be bigger, which will make Mission Mangal Akshay’s biggest opener of all time, beating Gold.
— Times of News (@TimesofNewsHUB) August 16, 2019
On the other side, John’s Batla House despite received positive response from critics, remained much low at the ticket counters as compared to Mission Mangal. The film witnessed an occupancy of around 35 per cent across theatres, registering a box office collection of Rs 13 crore (approximately) on its day 1, according to early estimates.
#BatlaHouse fares well on Day 1, although the numbers are affected due to the clash… Gathered momentum post noon onwards… #IndependenceDay holiday gave its biz additional push… Will need to score from Fri-Sun… Thu ₹ 14.59 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 16, 2019
The holiday of Independence Day gave a huge boost to both the films, and it will be interesting to see how these perform at the commercial circuits on Friday.