Actors Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra‘s Kesari has collected Rs 8.25 crore on Monday, taking the total to Rs 86.32 crore. The five-day total earnings of the film aren’t at par with what was expected. However, the film is still near to collect Rs 100 crore and will achieve this benchmark in the next two days. Kesari, directed by Anurag Singh, was expected to enter the Rs 100 crore club in its first weekend itself. However, the numbers haven’t emerged so impressive after the opening day.

One of the major causes behind the less-than-expected collection is the launch of the latest season of Indian Premier League (IPL). The popular cricket tournament began last weekend and seems to have had a bad impact on the film’s performance at the Box Office.

The latest Box Office breakup of Kesari (with an extended weekend) is as follow:
Thursday: Rs 21.06 crore
Friday: Rs 16.75 crore
Saturday: Rs 18.75 crore
Sunday: Rs 21.51 crore
Monday: Rs 8.25 crore
Total: Rs 86.32 crore

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest figures of Kesari. He took to Twitter and wrote, “#Kesari should’ve collected in double digits on Mon… North circuits dominate, driving its biz… Faces more-than-required decline in some circuits… Tue-Thu crucial… Thu 21.06 cr, Fri 16.75 cr, Sat 18.75 cr, Sun 21.51 cr, Mon 8.25 cr. Total: ₹ 86.32 cr. India biz.” (sic)

Kesari is one of the most anticipated films of the year. It’s set in the historic Battle of Saragarhi in which 21 soldiers under British army fought against 10000 Afghan troopers. This is considered as one of the bravest last stands in the world’s history.

Earlier, rooting for the Battle Of Saragarhi to be a part of the school syllabus in India, Akshay told DNA, “I was upset to know that the Battle of Saragarhi is not a part of the school syllabus. There is no mention of it in our history classes. In Britain, they celebrate the Saragarhi Day but there is no such celebration here. Hence I did this film and I have never heard a story about such bravery. If you Google about the five biggest and best world battles, the third one is ours. The story of Saragarhi should be in our syllabus.”