Hindi-language hit “Pathaan” has broken several box office records, marking a strong return for Bollywood after a long period lacking hits, as well as being overshadowed by regional South Indian films such as “RRR.” The release marks the return to the big screen of India’s arguably biggest star, Shah Rukh Khan, since 2018.
The Yash Raj Film (YRF) produced blockbuster took INR 679 million (USD $8.32 million) in India on its first day of release, with a further USD $4.5 million overseas, giving it a total of USD $12.7 million. The film was released simultaneously in over 100 countries, with around 5,500 screens in India and 2,500 screen in the rest of the world.
According to YRF the film scored the highest grossing opening day for any Hindi film. It is also said to have scored the highest score for a non-holiday release, as well as highest opening day score for Shah Rukh Khan and his two co-stars (Deepika Padukone and John Abraham), as well as for Dash Raj Films.
On a regional basis the film opened to USD $1.6 million in the Middle East, USD $1.5 million in North America, USD $650,000 in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, with a further USD $750,000 in the rest of the world. The film had sparked some protests ahead of its release in response to a video of a song from the film. However, this does not appear to have dented its popularity of box office potential.