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Akshay Kumar'Singh Is Kinng' may re-write box office history
09th Aug 2008  10.01 IST
By Agencies  

The Akshay Kumar - Katrina Kaif starrer Singh Is Kinng may be getting mixed reviews, but trade analysts feel the film might re-write box office history as it opened to an excellent box office initial worldwide on Friday.

The film's producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah said that box office collections on the opening day was a "historical 100 per cent" everywhere. "it is the biggest ever opening for any film so far," he claimed.

'Singh Is Kinng' has been released in 1800 screens worldwide, he added.

When asked about the weekend and second week prospects for the film, Shah replied, "they look record breaking."

When contacted, Sandeep Bhargava of Indian Films which has distributed the film worldwide said that according to distributors in India and overseas, 'Singh Is Kinng' has got a phenomenal initial opening.

"They say the opening is bigger than Om Shanti Om . However, it is too early to provide the comparative figures as the film has been released only today," he added.

The much hyped and well published movie which is co-produced by Akshay himself was in the news all throughout its making. The actor's recent movies have raked over Rs 500 crore and trade circles commented that the film's title suggested Kumar's attempt to replace Shahrukh Khan as the 'King of Bollywood'.

However, critics and trade analysts are divided on their opinion about the film's fate at the box office. Some critics are keeping their fingers crossed and feel that the euphoria will not last in the second week.

"Reports about the film's content are mixed. With good publicity and hype, half the battle is won. But, I am not sure if the film will do well at the box office. The collections are sure to drop from Monday," trade analyst Amod Mehra said.

According to Mehra, the script is not exciting enough to sustain through the second week with competition coming from Ranbir Kapoor starrer Bachna Ae Haseeno and Salman Khan 's God Tussi Great Ho both releasing on August 15.

Meanwhile, another trade analyst Taran Adarsh described the film as a good entertainer. "Audience should not apply any logic to the film. Just enjoy it. It is fantastic. 'Singh Is Kinng' is made on a lavish scale and will re-write box office history."

He said even though the film has its share of flaws and turn of events are not captivating at times, the proceedings move so fast and packs in so much, that there is no time to think and analyse.

Taran said despite the upcoming releases in the weeks to come, 'Singh Is Kinng' is set to rule the hearts of audiences, as it is their verdict which matters the most.

Senior film journalist and critic Ajay Brahmatmaj described the film as "completion of director Anees Bazmee 's nonsense trilogy -- No Entry , Welcome and now 'Singh is Kinng.' We hope he makes some sensible films in future," he said but admitted that the box office opening of the film has been landmark.

"The good chemistry between Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif continues in this film as well. However, the fact is that script is always the king," he added.

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