2.0 box office collection Day 2: Rajinikanth film sets ticket windows on fire


DECEMBER 1, 2018

Director Shankar’s ambitious film 2.0 features Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in the lead roles. The film took a thunderous opening at the box office and has grossed over Rs 100 crore worldwide on its opening day. 

The mega-budget film’s collection at the Indian and international box office is going steady and might see an increase during the weekend.

In Chennai, the collection has almost doubled on the second day of release. It has grossed Rs 4.77 crore in the city while 2.0 minted Rs 2. 37 crore on day 1.

The Hindi version of 2.0 raked in Rs 20.25 crore on the opening day. On the second day, it has managed to collect Rs 19 crore approximately.

2.0, produced by Lyca Productions, is the most expensive film ever made in India. Touted to be produced on a mammoth budget of over Rs 500 crore, the sci-fi film talks about the importance of maintaining an ecological balance and how harmful radiations from mobile towers affect the habitat of living beings.

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On its opening day, the Hindi version of the film collected Rs 20.25 crore. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh reveals that it is a good opening for a film that was released on a weekday. He also added that the advance booking opened a few hours ahead of the release. Apart from that, 2.0 has released in a period when there are no festivals and no holidays. It has only the weekend and word of mouth to fall back on as far as box office numbers are concerned. There is of course the combined star power of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar.

The word is that 2.0 is on track to shatter several records at the box office. We will have to wait and see if it is able to beat Baahubali to a pulp. According to the Day 1 box office report, Baahubali 2 still remains at the top as it earned over Rs 122 crore in India alone. 2.0, however, has earned about Rs 110 crore on Day 1 worldwide.

In 2.0, Rajinikanth appears in multiple avatars – as that of Dr Vaseegaran, Chitti, 2.0 and 3.0. It is indeed a joy to his ardent fans to see him own the film even after four decades since he stepped foot in Kollywood.

On the other hand, Akshay Kumar has had the best Tamil debut with 2.0. He is almost unrecognisable as Pakshirajan but delivers an arresting performance. Akshay Kumar makes a fantastic first impression in Tamil cinema with his role as Pakshirajan in 2.0. Reports say that Akshay’s role, that of an ornithology professor, is based on the Birdman of India Salim Ali.

Though 2.0 is setting the box office on fire, it has been receiving lukewarm response from critics.

In her review for IndiaToday.in, Janani K writes, “2.0 is a film that should be watched for its sheer scale and grandeur. It has a predictable storyline that might come across as a disappointment for many. Even though the visual effects are on par with international standards, the story takes a beating towards the climax. The sci-fi film is interesting in parts and does stay relevant despite the gap between the beginning of its filming and its release date (2.0 began in 2015). ”

In her review for IndiaToday.in, Suhani Singh writes, “Up to this point, 2.0 thrives on a daring suggestion: humans are doomed. So much so that it will have you convinced that we are selfish specimens unwilling to mend our ways and deserving of the flying terror that comes our way. Sadly, Shankar doesn’t build on this, instead, he follows Hollywood’s way of making a spectacle out of disaster by staging one destructive fight after another.”

In her review for BusinessToday.in, Anwesha Madhukalya writes, “The movie is too simplistic and the dialogues bizarre. The parts where the entire scientific community talk science is so unscientific that it appears to be taking the audience’s intelligence for granted. The dumbing down and explaining things like everyone in the audience is 5 years old is one of the most consistent problems with the movie.”

2.0, that director Shankar began working on in 2015, saw the light of day only in 2018. The film’s progress was marred by several delays and missed deadlines. The makers had to repeatedly postpone the release date of the film because of delayed VFX work and other problems.

But 2.0 is now in theatres and for Rajinikanth fans, looks like the wait was every bit worth it. The box office will say yes to that!

Courtesy/Source: India Today