Shah Rukh Khan is making sure his comeback film gets the widest release across the globe. The film is releasing in record-breaking 100+ countries and will screen in more than 2500 screens overseas alone. The advance booking for the film has already indicated a massive opening on January 25. Also read: Pathaan craze: Over 1 million tickets sold on BookMyShow, 2.75 lakh tickets sold across INOX cinemas
Sharing the status of its release overseas, film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Tuesday morning, “#Xclusiv: ‘PATHAAN’ AT RECORD 100+ COUNTRIES, 2500+ SCREENS *OVERSEAS*… #Pathaan hits a century… Will be released in 100+ countries, the HIGHEST for any #Indian film ever… Total screen count: 2500+ [#Overseas]… A heartening sign for theatrical biz, especially post pandemic.”
Late Monday, Taran also shared the number of tickets sold by Pathaan for its opening day. He said 4.19 lakh tickets were already sold for day 1 of its release on January 25, with one more day left for advance booking. The film is behind Baahubali 2 and KGF 2, both were dubbed in Hindi.
Taran had earlier indicated the film could open between ₹45-50 crore on Wednesday. The Yash Raj Films project 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 opened from January 20. The film is reportedly set to be released across India in around 5,000 screens. It is a first Shah Rukh Khan film to have 6 am shows.
According to PTI, not just multiplexes, the film is enjoying bumper advance booking in single screen theatres as well. Mumbai’s popular single-screen theatres Gaiety, Galaxy and Maratha Mandir have ticket booking of 70 to 80 percent. It is also one of the first films from Bollywood that’s leading the charts in advance booking in southern parts of the country.
Pathaan brings back the hit pair of Shah Rukh and Deepika Padukone. It is their fourth film together after Om Shanti Om and their biggest blockbuster Chennai Express. They were also seen in Happy New Year. John Abraham plays the antagonist while Ashutosh Rana and Dimple Kapadia are in pivotal roles in the film.