India’s first space film, Mission Mangal, starring Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan in lead roles, was released on 15th August, Indian Independence Day, and since then has been doing remarkable business at the Indian box office. The film had a fabulous opening (INR 29.16 crore), followed by similar success over the long weekend. Film trade analyst, Taran Adarsh reported Day 4 box office collections on Twitter, “Mission Mangal sets the BO on ... Springs a biggg surprise... Packs a fabulous total in its *extended* weekend... Metros superb, mass circuits join the party [on Sun]... Thu 29.16 cr, Fri 17.28 cr, Sat 23.58 cr, Sun 27.54 cr. Total: ₹ 97.56 cr. India biz.”
The movie -- which follows the story of scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who contributed to the Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) -- will soon cross the INR 100-crore mark. The film also features Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen as female scientists.
#MissionMangal sets the BO on ... Springs a biggg surprise... Packs a fabulous total in its *extended* weekend... Metros superb, mass circuits join the party [on Sun]... Thu 29.16 cr, Fri 17.28 cr, Sat 23.58 cr, Sun 27.54 cr. Total: ₹ 97.56 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 19, 2019
Akshay Kumar has been part of several films based on patriotism and real-life inspirational stories from India such as Padman and Airlift. While speaking to the media on the success of his latest flick, the 51-year old actor said, “When we are making it, writing it, lots of people had even told us how much business it'll do: 'It'll go till Rs 60-70 crore.' Because this genre is not explored, nobody knows. It was a big risk. I had no idea where this film would go and how would people react to science. But it was a risk worth taking.” He added that children were also watching the film and “dragging their parents who are then realising that even they didn't know what kind of things went into sending a satellite on Mars.”