Box Office Review - ABCD & Special 26

Last Friday, the theaters opened to two big films - Akshay Kumar starrer Special 26 and ace choreographer Remo D'souza's 3D dance venture, ABCD - Anybody Can Dance.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | 9:12:45 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Define Friday in Bollywood? Simple, it's a mixture of expectation and anticipation. While the audience goes to the theaters with the expectation of being entertained, the film makers anticipate the outcome of their months of hard work and the money they've poured in. Last Friday, the theaters opened to two big films - Akshay Kumar starrer Special 26 and ace choreographer Remo Dsouza's 3D dance venture, ABCD - Any Body Can Dance.

Special 26 opened to a much larger number of screens owing to the star power of Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Manoj Bajpai. It is the second movie directed by the maker of the critically acclaimed A Wednesday, which not only had the critics applauding it wholeheartedly but it was also declared a sleeper hit at the Box Office. Special 26 is a heist drama set in the 1980s, and like most movies of this genre, it depended highly on the positive feedback of the critics and the good word of mouth tactic. The film started off slow but since it is completely script-backed and the performances are stellar, the result was generally positive and business continued to grow on the days succeeding the release date. Over the weekend, the film managed to earn 27 crores and from the looks of it, the flick will continue to grow owing to the deciding factor - good worth of mouth - is already at its side.

ABCD aka Any Body Can Dance had a comparatively smaller release but the occupancy rate of seats was much higher than that of Special 26. ABCD, like Special 26, is also the second directorial venture of the acclaimed choreographer Remo D'Souza and it stars the dancing legend Prabhu Deva among an ensemble of other celebrated dancers of the country. It is the first 3D movie in the genre of dance and is primarily targeted towards the youth. Critics are all praise for this movie and the audience has already termed it as a paisa vasool entertainer. Business continued to grow and it managed to mint 20 crores over the weekend.

Judging by the numbers, it is safe to assume that both movies will be declared a hit at the BO soon. But if the scale of release is taken in account as well as the star power of both the movies, ABCD seems like the bigger success of the two. Nonetheless, both the movies fulfill the promise of entertaining albeit being in different genres hence giving both of them a safe BO bet.

So, what's going to be your pick? Clever criminals robbing corrupt politicians or the youth proving that dance is life? We at BollyCurry assure you, both these movies will not be a disappointment.

Maisooma B.
Editors: Komal P. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Preet K.

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Posted on: 16 February 2013 at 3:14am
Watched both of them...Special 26 was flawless with an amazing script n direction
as for ABCD, the movie was good mostly bcoz of the dance would have been boring otherwise...
Remo's did better direction for FALTU than ABCD...and PD's dubbing wasn't good...but still the movie managed well bcoz of the dances n the rival spirit of two teams :)

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Posted on: 14 February 2013 at 12:20am
ABCD is wow!! mesmerising dance moves..

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Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 11:06pm
yes i happened to watch special 26. this is wonderful movie. must to watch. i gurantee no body will dislike it. wonderful storyline and end . good direction . thank you mr neeraj pandey for a splended movie this year

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Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 10:05pm
Yay ABCD Rockeddd
Love u remo

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Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 9:14pm
Wanna watch ABCD...

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Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 3:57pm
Happy to hear that both movies are doing well. ABCD was a good watch now looking forward to checking out special 26 Big smile

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Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 1:45pm
i had been waiting for ABCD and now i say the movies worth the wait... love it totally may that be punit or D or salman or mayur or the king prabhu deva... the movie is a fab... saw it twice already

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Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 1:43pm
I really wanted to watch ABCD, but it wasn't released in any cinema in the UK :-(

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Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 12:56pm
ABCD ABCD ABCD gonna be one of the best movie of 2013 ... salman <3

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Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 12:09pm
ABCD.. In love wid dis movie.. Super awesome performances by Dharmesh,Salmaan n Punit..
Lovd evry bit of dat muvi !

Way to go Remo Sir...
Cnt wait fr anothr Dance movie by u !!:D

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