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'Housefull 3' earns Rs 52 crores at the box office: Highest opening weekend of 2016

Record single-day collection for Akshay Kumar film as Housefull 3 bags Rs 20 crore on Sunday, matches first weekend numbers for Shah Rukh Khan's Fan.

Mayur Lookhar

Critics have seldom liked the Housefull franchise, but that hasn’t had any impact on the films, and Housefull 3, the latest in the series, is no different. Housefull 3 is set to become the most successful film of the franchise.

Housefull 3, released on 3 June across 3,000-plus screens in the country, has bagged Rs52 crore net in its opening weekend, as per Boxofficeindia.com.

Speaking to Cinestaan, trade analyst Komal Nahta said, “Housefull 3 released across 3,000-3,400 screens across the country. The approximate budget would be not less than Rs80 crore. The opening-day collection was Rs15.25 crore, while Saturday's figure was Rs16.25 crore. The Sunday figures are around Rs21 crore, taking the three-day total to over Rs50 crore. I reckon it is the highest opening weekend for a Hindi film this year."

Shah Rukh Khan's Fan, which released earlier this year, had also made Rs52 crore at the box office on the opening weekend. Housefull 3 has thus matched Fan's collection.

Earlier this year, Akshay Kumar’s Airlift bagged Rs44.3 crore in its opening weekend.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh had pegged the two-day figure of Housefull 3 at Rs31.51 crore.

Meanwhile, according to Boxofficeindia.com, the Rs20 crore net on Sunday (5 June) was a record single-day collection for an Akshay Kumar film. The previous highest single-day collection for an Akshay Kumar film was for Airlift, which had bagged Rs17.35 crore on its third day. It’s also a first for any Akshay Kumar film to cross Rs50 crore in its opening weekend.

Tracking down the Housefull franchise opening-day figures, the first and second films had opening collections of Rs9.32 crore and Rs12.13 crore, respectively (source boxofficeindia.com). With Rs15.25 crore, Housefull 3 has set a new opening-day record for the franchise.

Meanwhile, Housefull 3 has set another record for an Akshay Kumar film in the overseas markets. According to Boxofficeindia,com, Housefull 3 broke the eight-year-old record of Singh Is Kinng (2008) by grossing US $3.5 million plus in the opening weekend. Singh Is Kinng had bagged US $3.05 million in its opening weekend.

Monday will naturally see a drop in collections, being a working day, but as of now it looks like Housefull 3 is on course to cross the Rs100 crore barrier. But given its huge production and marketing cost, this may just help the film break even.