Box Office: ��Khiladi 786�۪ off to decent start at ticket windows

Akshay Kumar and Asin in 'Khiladi 786'
Akshay Kumar and Asin in 'Khiladi 786'

��Khiladi 786�۪, Akshay Kumar�۪s fifth release of the year after ��Housefull 2�۪, ��Rowdy Rathore�۪, ��Joker�۪ and ��OMG: Oh My God!�۪ (of which three were huge hits), opened to fairly decent collections in India, but given that it opened at over 2000 screens the opening was not up to the mark.

The film took an 80% start at some screens in Northern India, but in the same circuit some of the Delhi multiplexes opened with just an abysmal 35% (source: Box Office India). Given Kumar�۪s track record at the box office this year and the massy content of the film, a better start was expected for the comedy co-starring Himesh Reshammiya and Asin. The reviews of the film too are mixed, so it will have to rely heavily on word of mouth to make any kind of mark at ticket windows. On the plus side, the film still has the advantage of an open two week run before a hurricane called ��Dabangg 2�۪ hits theatres on 21st December.

The Aamir-Rani-Kareena murder mystery ��Talaash�۪ meanwhile, continues to do well and though not a huge hit (approx Rs. 65 crores in India), the film has found appreciation from multiplexes and has done especially well abroad. In the UK the film was 7th in the charts and earned a respectable �389,522 (source: The Guardian) in its first week.

The SRK-Katrina-Anushka starrer ��Jab Tak Hai Jaan�۪ is now more or less coming to the end of its run, but still continues to do well abroad. Over the last week it added �78,321 (source: BFI) to its already impressive total and was still in the UK Top 20 nearly a month after its release.

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