One of the most anticipated and keenly awaited releases is the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathaan. While the film has been making headlines since the release of its first track ‘Besharam Rang’ the audience is waiting with bated breath for its release. Now as January 25, draws near the makers of the Siddharth Anand directorial are pulling out all stops to promote it. In fact, going by the hype surrounding Pathaan, trade estimates say that the film will definitely open on a good note.
As per the data from advance bookings at limited screens/centers, Pathaan is likely to take an opening in the range of Rs. 39-41 cr. on Day 1 itself. Given the immense promotions and hype for Shah Rukh Khan’s return to the big screens after a long gap, exhibitors across the country have been predicting big numbers. Interestingly, despite the film being expected to rake in nearly Rs. 41 cr. on Day 1, when compared to Shah Rukh Khan's previous releases, Pathaan will likely emerge as the actor’s all-time second-highest opening day grosser. In fact, going by the current trend, Pathaan will follow Shah Rukh Khan’s previous release Happy New Year which collected Rs. 44.97 cr. However, when compared to his other releases, Pathaan will rank above his films like Chennai Express, which collected Rs. 33.12 cr, Dilwale which collected Rs. 21 cr, and Raees which collected Rs. 20.42 cr.
Interestingly though, while Pathaan is unlikely to surpass the opening day collections of Happy New Year, the film, which enjoys an extended holiday weekend release, is likely to emerge as SRK’s highest opening weekend grosser.
As of now, Pathaan, which is slated to release on January 25, is being positioned as the first big money-spinner of 2023. Going by current trends the film is set to take a flying start at the box office.