Pad Man FAILS to beat Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Housefull 3; becomes the eleventh highest first weekend grosser of Akshay Kumar

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After enjoying a decent first day, Akshay Kumar’s Pad Man showed substantial growth on Saturday and Sunday to collect Rs 40.05 crore in its opening weekend.  Despite raking in good collections, the biographical social drama failed to enter the list of Akshay Kumar’s highest opening weekend grossers. The film is currently the eleventh highest first weekend grosser of Akki. Despite being targeted to a limited audience, Pad Man has earned better than films like Gabbar is Back and Baby.

Highest opening weekend grossers of Akshay Kumar:

Singh is Bliing – 54.44

Housefull 3 – 53.31

Brothers – 52.08

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha – 51.45 crore

Jolly LLB 2 – 50.46 crore

Rustom – 50.42 crore

Rowdy  Rathore – 48.30

Airlift  – 44.30

Holiday – 41.32

Boss – 40.75

Pad Man – Rs 40.05 crore

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara – 40

Gabbar is back – 39.41

Entertainment – 36.69 crore

Baby – 36.07

Talking about Pad Man, the film is based on the life of Tamil Nadu-based social activist, Arunachalam Muruganantham. Akshay Kumar portrays the central role in the film, who finds a way to make cheap, affordable sanitary napkins for the women in his village. It also features Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in key roles and is directed by R. Balki, who has previously helmed movies like Ki And Ka, Shamitabh, Paa and Cheeni Kum. (Also Read: Chennai Box office: Akshay Kumar’s Pad Man takes the no. 2 spot leaving behind Vijay Sethupathi’s film)

The film has received positive reviews unanimously especially for its direction and star performances. Our editior-in-chief and critic Tushar Joshi gave four stars to the film and said, “Pad Man is quite a different story with a totally different subject and narrative. The biggest plus point of the film is its emotional connect with the central character of Laxmi. You end up not only empathising with him but also stay invested in his story till the very end. Akshay does a fantastic job of making Laxmi extremely relatable. His big speech scene in the climax showcases his growth and immense maturity as an actor.” Anyway, do you think Pad Man will enter the Rs 100 crore club at the box office? Share your thoughts in the comment below…

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