The Siddharth Anand directorial Pathaan starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and John Abraham finally hit screens yesterday. After much talk, anticipation, and expectations the Yash Raj Films production opened to a thunderous response from the audience. After garnering positive reviews from the critics, the mass action entertainer saw its business soar, with advance bookings indicating a windfall collection on its opening day.
In this box office report, we take a look at the collections of Pathaan on its opening day while comparing the same to previous releases that have grossed the most on any single day. Released across 5500 screens in the domestic market alone Pathaan which has seen one of the widest releases for a Bollywood film ever, with shows starting at mid-night has managed to rake in a staggering Rs. 57 cr (Hindi Rs. 55 cr + Tamil & Telugu Rs. 2 cr). With this, the film has now emerged as the all-time highest single-day grosser. In fact, Pathaan has managed to surpass previous releases like KGF – Chapter 2, War, Thugs of Hindostan, Sanju, Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion, and Tiger Zinda Hai amongst others.
While emerging as the single day highest grosser ever is a feat in itself, going by the current scenario with the audience demand for Pathaan at an all-time high, and January 26 being a national holiday expectations are that the business of the film will see further growth. In fact, it will come as no surprise if Pathaan manages to surpass its own record on its second day running. As of now, trade predictions state that Pathaan could easily cross the Rs. 100 cr mark by the end of its second day, with predictions also claiming that the business of the film could cross the Rs. 200 cr mark by the end of its extended opening weekend.