Vikram Vedha has overtaken Agent Vinod to make the top-5 spot for Saif Ali Khan in the initial days. From Cocktail to Rangoon, this film is also his fifth double digit opener, which has seen a huge collection. 6-10 crores range. The actor has been around for three decades and while he has delivered successes at the box office over time, hasn’t turned up a huge number of regulars.
Interestingly, he has played a character with gray shades in three of his top five films. He was a quintessential Abbas-Mustan hero in Race 2, where the lines between a hero and an antagonist are blurred. He was the villain in Tanhaji – The Unsung Warrior and has run a thin line in Vikram Vedha. All these movies have been two hero movies with John Abraham, Ajay Devgan and Hrithik Roshan respectively.
Here are the biggest openers of Saif Ali Khan:
Race 2 – 15.10 crore
Tanhaji – The Unsung Warrior – 15.10 crore
Humshakals – 12.50 crore
Cocktail – 11 crore
Vikram Vedha – 10.25 crore*
Agent Vinod – 9.80 crore
phantom – 8.46 crore
Love Aaj Kal – 8.25 crore
Caste – 7 crore
Rangoon – 6.07 crore
The actor is rediscovering himself and playing the end of his age, which is a step in the right direction. Of course, Vikram Vedha was expected to be his third highest opener of all time as it was expected to surpass both Humshakals and Cocktails. Had luck been with me, the first day could have been above Race 2 and tanhajik – The Unsung Warrior which occupies the joint number 1 spot. However, unfortunately that hasn’t happened but with his next release Aadipurush, it may well happen.
*Estimate. Waiting for the final number. (All collections according to production and distribution sources)
Note: Box office numbers are based on estimates and various sources. The number has not been independently verified by Koimoi.