MUMBAI: With a historic opening, not only has the Indian Films-Studio 18 release, Welcome outstripped competition and emerged winner at the box-office, but the numbers in the overseas have also surpassed those of all erstwhile solo Akshay Kumar titles, creating a new record for the actor.
In the UK, the preview and opening weekend gross was Â£370,000 (approx) from 40 locations.
In the UAE, the five-day business of Welcome was nearly as much as the lifetime gross of Kumarâ€™s earlier hits. The business to date is AED 1.8 million from 29 locations.
In the US, the first two days grossed $100,000 only from the mainstream theatres (independents excluded). In almost every mainstream location, Welcome out-grossed even the major Hollywood openers like Charlie Wilson’s War, P.S. I Love You and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Akshay Kumar says, â€œThree previous hits and now Welcome creating records, 2007 has been a year of box-office fortune! Iâ€™m glad that Iâ€™m ending 2007 on a high (literally) with Welcome, my highest overseas opener.â€