Akshay Kumar’s latest film Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue received a dull response from the audience on its opening day.
Akshay Kumar is back on the big screen after a solid performance in OMG 2. The film also stars recently married Parineeti Chopra and is inspired by a real-life coal mine rescue led by Jaswant Singh Gill, who saved the lives of 65 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine at Raniganj, West Bengal in 1989.
The film which is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai released on October 6. On its opening day, Mission Raniganj earned around ₹2.80 crore, according to the industry tracking website Sacnilk which earlier expected the film to at least make ₹3.50 crore.
Box office numbers suggest that the film opened a little better than Selfie, which made ₹1.30 crore earlier this year. However, the movie was expected to start slow as the film hadn’t received a strong promotional push.
Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Raniganj earns ₹2.8 crore on Day 1
Akshay’s recent venture earned ₹2.8 crore on the first day of the release. The film garnered a single-digit sum on its initial day and was one of the weakest openings for any Akshay Kumar movie.
Akshay Kumar’s previous movie OMG 2 earned double-digit numbers on its opening day despite facing tough competition from Sunny Deol’s Gadar 2 which released on the same day. The film earned ₹10.26 crore on its opening day.
Khiladi Kumar is one of the most celebrated actors in the country. Having developed a reputation for delivering major hits across diverse genres, most of them crossing the ₹100 crore mark. His last film being Sooryavanshi, directed by Rohit Shetty. The cop-action was one of the first films to be released post Covid-19 pandemic.
The film was a blockbuster and it earned around ₹120 crore driving the audiences back to the cinema halls after over a year.
The movie had a direct clash at the box office with Bumi Pednekar’s movie, Thank You for Coming. According to Sacnilk, the initial box office performance of the film was below the expectations on its opening day. The movie registered a relatively modest Hindi occupancy rate of 11.83% on Friday.
The film marks the second collaboration of Akshay Kumar and director Tinu Suresh Desai. The duo previously worked together for Rustom which was released in 2016. The movie was a success and earned Akshay Kumar his first Nation Award for the Best Actor role. The film did well at the box office and also earned critical acclaim.
Akshay Kumar reacts to reviews for Mission Raniganj
Despite the poor performance at the box office, Akshay Kumar has been receiving positive reviews from the audiences and is getting highly praised for the film and his performance as Jaswanth Singh Gill.
During a press conference held on Friday, while talking about the film Akshay said, “This film is big teamwork and if this film works. Whatever this film is 4 stars or 4.5 stars we are getting on this, 4 stars are for director Tinu Desai, and half stars are for us. This is Mission Raniganj for you”.
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film is ‘impactful’. He took to X and tweeted, “An edge-of-the-seat rescue thriller that leaves a solid impact… Gripping narrative, nail-biting moments and breathtaking finale, this is an inspirational film that deserves a watch… #AkshayKumar brilliant, #RaviKishan excels. #MissionRaniganjReview
Needs a strong word of mouth to make an impact at the box office.”
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About Mission Raniganj
The movie is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai and produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jacky Bhagnani, Deepshika Deshmukh, and Ajay Kapoor. Alongside Akshay Kumar, the cast includes Pavan Malhotra, Kumud Mishra, Varun Badola, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Gaurav Prateek, Rajesh Sharma and Anant Mahadevan in pivotal roles.
The film was originally titled ‘Capsule Gill’ and later ‘The Great Indian Rescue’. Eventually, the makers decided to adapt the name ‘Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue’.