NEW DELHI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan made his much-discussed comeback with ‘Pathaan’ from Yash Raj Films, which hit the big screens on January 25, a day before Republic Day, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. The day was nothing short of a celebration for his fans as they flocked to theaters celebrating the actor’s return to the 70m screen after a four-year hiatus. The film has received positive word of mouth from critics and audiences alike since it hit the big screens, and as expected, it set fire to the box office.
Also starring Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, the film has broken all records for advance bookings. Pathaan recorded the highest pre-release ticket sales for a Bollywood film. In fact, Pathaan registered the biggest pre-booking for a post-pandemic Indian film, beating Yash’s KGF: Chapter 2. Trade analysts predicted that the film would break all records and witness a Rs 50 crore opening. As of 8pm on Jan 25, ‘Pathaan’ collected a whopping Rs 25 crore at national chains, outperforming Hrithik Roshan’s ‘War’ and Yash’s ‘KGF Chapter 2’ (Hindi) first day collections.
Noted trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote, “#Pathaan at national chains…Day 1…Update: 8.15pm. #PVR: 11.40 cr #INOX: 8.75 cr #Cinepolis 4.90 cr Total: Rs 25.05 cr SUPERB.”
‘PATHAN’ MIDNIGHT SHOWS BEGIN… #YRF adds late night shows from #Pathan – starting tonight [from 12.30 am] – across #India to meet the unprecedented public demand. pic.twitter.com/0ZpOukqpFs— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 25, 2023
Trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted that Pathaan earned Rs 54 crore on its opening day in India. His tweet read: “#Pathaan Day 1 India Opens Rs 54 Crs Nett..A New All-time Record..Early Estimates (sic).”
Bala further mentioned that ‘Pathaan’ crossed $600,000 in Australia and $1 million in the US on Day 1.
#Pathan Day 1 India __ opening _ 54 Crs Nett..
A new All-time record.. _
Early estimates.. — Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) January 26, 2023
#Pathan A$600K in Australia on Day 1..
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) January 26, 2023
#Pathan costs no less than _ 100 Crs+ gross opening at the WW Box office..
This is the first time Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham come together for ‘Pathaan’. The action thriller is written and directed by Siddharth Anand and financed by Yash Raj Films.
Watch the Pathaan trailer below:
The film has been released in Hindi and dubbed versions in Tamil and Telugu.