Pathaan Update: Given the enthusiastic response of movie-goers in advance booking, industry experts are confident that Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Pathan” will open somewhere between Rs 45 to 50 crore at the box office. The Yash Raj Films project, which marks Shah Rukh’s return to leading men roles after 2018’s “Zero”, is set to hit cinema halls a day before the Republic Day, which gives the Hindi film a five-day extended opening weekend.
The advance bookings for “Pathaan”, backed by Yash Raj Films, opened from January 20. The film is reportedly set to be released across India in 5,000 screens. It is a first Shah Rukh Khan film to have 6 am shows.
Trade expert Taran Adarsh said “Pathaan” will revive Bollywood and will mark the beginning of a fantastic 2023 for the industry, which went through a lean period during covid and in 2022. “The film is going to take a historic start at the box office with opening day collections of Rs 45 to Rs 50 cr. The box office revival will begin with ‘Pathaan’, especially looking at its advance booking, which is very rare. It is a great start to 2023 despite being a working day,” Adarsh told PTI.
“Pathaan” will feature Shah Rukh in the role of the titular spy agent.
According to the leading ticketing platform BookMyShow (BMS), over one million tickets have been booked. The advance sales for “Pathaan” have been opening up in phases with over 3,500 screens available on BMS so far, besides there is a surge in demand to open up early morning shows as well. “The response across India has been phenomenal with cinephiles choosing a cinematic experience as they opt for varied formats including 2D, IMAX and 4DX across cities,” Ashish Saksena, COO, Cinemas, BookMyShow, said in a statement.
Shah Rukh took a break from movies after the lukewarm performance of “Zero”. In between, the actor has only made cameo appearances in R Madhavan’s “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect” (Hindi version) and Ayan Mukerji-directed blockbuster “Brahmastra Part One: Shiva”.
Not just multiplexes, the film is enjoying bumper advance booking in single-screen theatres as well. Mumbai’s popular single-screen theatre Gaiety, Galaxy and Maratha Mandir has ticket bookings of 70 to 80 per cent.
It is also one of the first films from Bollywood that’s leading the charts in advance booking in southern parts of the country. The movie is being released in Tamil and Telugu (and) it has opened really well in Kerala in its original language of Hindi.
According to YRF, about 25 cinemas, which were shut down due to COVID-19, are reopening for “Pathaan” given the unprecedented buzz. Some of the theatres that are set to open the doors for patrons are: Kohinoor Cinema, Suratgarh, (Rajasthan), Lajwanti Talkies, Bishrampur, (Chhattisgarh), Prabhat Talkies, Bina, (Madhya Pradesh) and SGL Heritage Cinema, Almora, (Uttarakhand), among others. Directed by Siddharth Anand, “Pathaan” also features Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in the lead.
(With PTI inputs)