‘Ki & Ka’ has taken a good opening at the box office. As was predicted, the film was on track to register 40%-50% occupancy on Day One, and this is how the average footfalls turned out to be eventually. The film has collected INR 73 million on Friday and this is a good start for the Eros and Balki production, considering the genre, release size and target audience that it was aiming for.
This is the biggest opener ever for Balki as ‘Ki & Ka’ (INR 73 million) on its opening day has collected more than double of ‘Shamitabh’ [INR 35 million] and is far ahead of ‘Paa’ [INR 21.5 million] and ‘Cheeni Kum’ [which had lifetime total of INR 173 million]. The film has also taken a bigger opening than a much massy ‘Ghayal Once Again’ [INR 72 million] and targeted-at-similar-audience ‘Kapoor & Sons’ [INR 68.5 million]. The way word of mouth is spreading for the film, the film is set to have the second highest weekend of the year.
What is even more remarkable is the fact that ‘Ki & Ka’ has opened better than Arjun Kapoor’s last release ‘Tevar’ [INR 70 million] which had a much wider release. As for Kareena Kapoor Khan, this is her highest opening for a film where she is a senior actress. While she has seen some superb opening numbers with experienced actors like the four Khans [‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Talaash’, ‘Ra. One’, ‘Agent Vinod’] and Ajay Devgn [‘Singham Returns’, ‘Satyagraha’], these is her biggest opening with a relatively new leading man in the current decade.
Here are the numbers for Kareena Kapoor films that have released since 2010 where she is the senior actress:
2016 – ‘Ki & Ka’ (Arjun Kapoor) – INR 73 million
2012 – ‘Heroine’ (Arjun Rampal) – INR 72 million
2012 – ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ (Imran Khan) – INR 52.5 million
2013 – ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ (Imran Khan) – INR 30 million
2010 – ‘We Are Family’ (Arjun Rampal) – INR 27 million
2010 – ‘Milenge Milenge’ (Shahid Kapoor) – INR 22.4 million
Note: All collections as per production and distributor sources