The film earned Rs 57 crore from India releases on day 1 and was expected to touch Rs 64-65 crores on day 2, according to experts.
Shah Rukh Khan made a grand comeback to the big screen with his new Hindi film “Pathaan” grossing Rs 106 crore worldwide day 1, the highest for a Hindi film. The film earned Rs 57 crore from India releases on day 1 and was expected to touch Rs 64-65 crores on day 2, according to experts.
The film raised a whopping Rs 55 crore net and its dubbed versions brought another Rs 2 crores in India, the makers announced on Thursday.
Film trade analyst Komal Nahta called the Rs 57 crore opening in India the biggest ever for a Hindi film, despite being released on a working day and not a sequel.
Film critic Taran Adarsh said the film earned Rs 27.08 crore for day 1 and had Rs 28.73 crores for day 2 from national chains PVR, INOX and Cinepolis. He forecast a total collection of over Rs 64-65 crores by the end of the second day of screening.
Adarsh also noted that Pathaan had grossed Rs 106 crores from releases worldwide for day 1 and had broken the worldwide opening day record for a Hindi film.
“It is a historic day for Indian cinema and we are humbled to see the love and appreciation that is flowing for ‘Pathaan’ globally. For ‘Pathaan’ to shatter records in this fashion on a non-holiday, just proves that the theatrical business is here to stay, provided we make films that entice people to come to the cinemas to witness a never seen before experience that entertains them thoroughly,” Akshaye Widhani, CEO of Yash Raj Films, said in a statement.
In 2019, War collected Rs 50 crore net and 2022’s KGF 2 (Hindi) did a business of Rs 52 crore net. Till Tuesday, “Pathaan” sold 4.19 lakh tickets in advance booking, reflecting 80 percent occupancy on day 1, even for early morning shows beginning at 6 am or 7 am, said industry insiders.
On Wednesday, fans of Shah Rukh Khan went gaga over the release of Pathaan as they cut cakes and danced before entering theatres across several cities in the country. Some of the fans came with loudspeakers and they danced to the tune of ‘Pathaan’ songs before proceeding inside the theatre. They also raised slogans like ‘SRK Zindabad’.
Film industry colleagues, directors and actors took to social media to celebrate the grand opening of the SRK and Deepika Padukone movie’s release.
“Pathaan” received positive reviews on the first day with videos of jubilant fans dancing to songs, and whistling loudly as their favourite star made the entry circulating on the Internet and creating a celebratory mood in the hit-starved Hindi film industry.
Amid boycott calls and controversy over the colour of the outfit of its star Deepika Padukone in the movie’s song “Besharam Rang”, the initial reactions of the viewers and critics alike gave a lot to the film fraternity to cheer for.
“#pathan OMG! Blown away! Just fantastic! @iamsrk @deepikapadukone #johnabraham. Just fantastic! Thank you being the reason for the industry to celebrate again! @yrf #sidharthanand,” Raveena Tondon twitter.
Director Rahul Dholakia, who directed Shah Rukh in “Raees” six years ago tweeted “Six years ago we released #Raees – today was Day One for #Pathaan. An incredible experience watching it in a full house show on a huge IMAX screen, with the die hard fans of @iamsrk @deepikapadukone @TheJohnAbraham @BeingSalmanKhan !! Madness !!!”
(Edited by : Pradeep John)
First Published: Jan 26, 2023 12:13 PM IST