Pathan has had a crazy opening at the box office both in India and abroad. Record advance sales reports were already buzzing in recent weeks and now that those sales are shown in the form of actual box office numbers, the results are through the roof. In early issues, the Shah Rukh Khan star has earned a whopping A$600,000 on its opening day in Australia. This not only holds the record for the highest opening day ever for a Bollywood film, which previously held Padmaavat A$364,000, but also the highest opening day for a Bollywood film in the market, which previously held Padmavat A$364,000. It was too.
shahrukh khan sets new record in australia
Numbers here are helped by the Australia Day holiday on January 26, with Holiday Eve today set to be a big day for the box office. Australia has been a weak market for Shah Rukh Khan of late. His best opening on the market was under A$500,000, while his career best all-around was just A$1.10 million. Pathan has not only broken Shahrukh’s weekend record in one day, but has also surpassed the race total in two days.
In Australia, the numbers may have been helped by the holidays, but elsewhere, the movie is racking up some incredible numbers despite its mid-week release. The mid-week release is a big limiting factor overseas, as business is busiest on weekends, but Pathan is posting record numbers on non-holiday Wednesdays, whether in the Far East, Middle East or West. List of pre-sale numbers in some important markets. It has pre-sales of over $800,000 in North America by opening day. The actual number will comfortably reach $1 million, possibly as high as $1.25-1.40 million. Similarly, in the Gulf, advance sales for the film topped $750,000, which should also cross $1 million on the first day here. The UK, long a dormant market for Bollywood, also had a huge pre-sale of over £150,000, with actual first-day figures comfortably crossing the £200,000 mark. Overall, if there’s a Bollywood pre-sales record anywhere, Pathan now has it.
Pathan earned over $3 million abroad
All of these numbers would have been impressive for a normal Friday release, but here they are coming in on a Wednesday. Where the real land will be known only tomorrow and we will have a detailed report about it, but the first day abroad will surely exceed $3 million, there is a great possibility of even $4 million. Normally with this Wednesday you’ll see $17-18 million plus 5 days but these are not typical numbers so those traditional trends may not hold but even in the worst case open overseas for Bollywood Records is toast. We’re in uncharted territory with this movie, let’s see where it takes us.
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