Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal clashed with John Abraham’s Batla House at the box-office as both films released on Independence Day. This is not the first time that John Abraham and Akshay Kumar’s films battled it out at the ticket windows on same day. Interestingly, even last year, John’s film Satyamev Jayate and Akshay’s Gold competed at the box-office on August 15, 2018. Mission Mangal saw a grand opening at the box-office and soared high on the first day of its release and collected 29.16 cr. However, it witnessed a huge drop on Day 2. Batla House, despite the big competition, got a decent response and earned 14.59 cr on its first day.
On Day 3, Mission Mangal saw an upward trend, while Batla House too picked pace. According to BoxOfficeIndia.com, “Mission Mangal was excellent on Saturday with collections in the 23.50 crore nett range. It was fantastic growth in practically all multiplexes. The Saturday number gives the film a chance to reach its first day number which would be an huge achievement.”The total earnings of Mission Mangal are now around 69 crore nett in three days and is estimated to cross the 95 crore nett mark! Meanwhile Batla House saw a growth of around 30% and as per a report in BoxOfficeIndia, “Batla House is also doing pretty good business with collections of 9.50 crore nett on Saturday. the film has gone up by around 30% which is a good result for the film. The film is not competition to Mission Mangal but looked at as a separate entity the film has done well over the first three days. It has collected over 31.50 crore nett in three days and these is Sunday to come so it will be a healthy weekend and then the acid test over the weekdays which will determine the outcome of the film.”
SpotboyE Editor Vickey Lalwani rated Mission Mangal 4.5 stars and wrote, “Akshay leads the way and he looks so handsome in those glasses. Brilliant performance. Watch him in the scenes with the antagonist Dalip Tahil. Watch how he treats his second-in-command Vidya and you will have a lump in your throat. Watch him how he fires Sonakshi. The list is long. And don't forget to note in this highly engaging film how Mr Kumar beautifully underplays himself!”
On the other hand, he rated Batla House 3.5 stars and wrote, “John Abraham is at his impressive best, sinking into the character like there's no tomorrow. Hmmm... maybe his best performance till date. Watch him in the scene where he says goodbye to his wife Mrunal Thakur in the car. Watch him in the scene where his senior tells him to not refuse the medal of honour. Watch him in the scene where he has a long discussion with Nora Fatehi. The list is long.”
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