Akshay Kumar's much anticipated espionage thriller Bell Bottom released in theatres on the national holiday of Muharram on Thursday (August 19, 2021). Amid the COVID-19 scenario prevailing in the country, Bell Bottom battled several odds and finally made it to the big screens even though it failed to get a release in Maharashtra as the cinema halls are still shut owing to the pandemic.
As per a report in Box Office India, early estimates state that the Akshay Kumar-starrer has got a decent opening on its first day of release. It is being said that the 3D version of the film fared better than the 2D one.
As per a report in Hindustan Times, the film has reportedly made Rs 2.50-2.75 crore on first day of its release. Another report in Box office India stated that New Delhi has emerged as the film's biggest market, as it is contributing 20% of the nationwide earnings as the film had a no-show in Maharashtra. However, the box office figure failed to touch the Rs 3 crore opening day as the film failed to pick up business in the evening shows.
The opening collection of Bell Bottom is less than that of Roohi (Rs 3 crore) and Mumbai Saga (Rs 2.82 crore). The latter two films has released when theatres were allowed to operate at full capacity earlier this year.
Before Bell Bottom's release, trade analyst Taran Adarsh had told a leading daily that the film might rake in 30-35% less amount than its collection on a normal day because of no-show in Maharashtra as the city of Mumbai contributes to 30 per cent of the domestic box office. However, he had lauded the producer's decision to release Bell Bottom in theatres and called it a 'brave step.'
Speaking about Bell Bottom, a report in Bollywoodlife.com states that this Akshay Kumar film has been made on a humongous budget of Rs. 170-180 crore (including printing and advertising). It would be interesting to see if this period thriller manages to cross the 100 crore mark at the box office with its limited theatrical release.
Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, Bell Bottom stars Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta and Huma Qureshi in pivotal roles.