There was always a chance that Rustom will beat Mohenjo Daro in the domestic market but the real shock is that it has beaten it Overseas as well. Hrithik Roshan is the only actor with some overseas pull outside the three Khan’s but the content of Rustom has pushed it ahead. A market like US / Canada saw Mohenjo Daro have a lead on Friday but over the weekend Rustom has come out ahead. Mohenjo Daro has grossed $800,000 in US / Canada while Rustom is around $875,000. In US / Canada, Hrithik Roshan has 5 films going over a $1 million in opening weekend while Akshay Kumar has just one Singh Is Kinng. The opening weekend of Mohenjo Daro is less than Jodhaa Akbar which was released eight years back and initial business was much lower then.
The big difference has come in Gulf where Rustom is $1.1 million apprx and Mohenjo Daro is $750,000 apprx. This is third biggest opening ever in Gulf for an Akshay Kumar starrer and they have all come this year. His three films this year have all crossed $1 million in Gulf. Housefull 3 was $1.39m, Airlift was $1.2m and now this is $1.1 million apprx. The opening of Rustom should edge past Airlift which was $2.79 million but stay behind Housefull 3 which is Akshay Kumar’s biggest Overseas opener. Rustom will have an Overseas weekend in the $3 million range while Mohenjo Daro will be in the $2.5 million range.