Did you know?: Main Hoon Shahid Afridi box office stats are out!

Published: September 1, 2013
A total business of Rs60 million is expected from the film. PHOTO: FILE

A total business of Rs60 million is expected from the film. PHOTO: FILE

Despite controversies, unnecessary delays and the overwhelming and continuing success of Chennai Express, Humayun Saeed’s Main Hoon Shahid Afridi has earned Rs22 million in its first week of release (exact figures: Rs21,836,941). This is more than the total business of the much-hyped Chambaili but less then what was expected of the film.

However, excitement generated by word of mouth coupled with the fact that there are no pirated copies available in the market will give the film a good second week. A total business of Rs60 million is expected from the film. However, anything above that figure would be quite an achievement. On the other hand, Shahrukh Khan’s blockbuster comedy, Chennai Express, has already grossed Rs85 million. With a constant run at the multiplexes to regular audiences, the film might just reach the R90 million mark. Nevertheless, Race 2 is still leading the tally of Indian films in Pakistan with a total business of Rs92 million.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Pappu
    Sep 1, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Humayun Saeed is a far better actor than SRK.


  • vande mataram
    Sep 1, 2013 - 9:54PM

    in IMDB movie rating is 9.4/10 which means a better movie than bhaag milka bhaag & madras cafe…….. really ??????????????, then i would like to see Main Hoon Shahid Afridi…..


  • M.A.S
    Sep 1, 2013 - 10:05PM

    SRK must retire…………….and Pakistani people………….kindly prefer local movie instead of non cultured indians………


  • Vishnu Dutta
    Sep 1, 2013 - 10:17PM

    ET didnt attribute some of the Shahid Afridi’s success to Chennai Express. What about people who couldnt find ticket of CE went to Shahid Afridi, which is in huge number.


  • PakFilmFan
    Sep 1, 2013 - 10:35PM

    It’s unfair to compare a bollywood production made with 10 times the budget with MHSA. The movie is doing well and a business of 6-7 Crores is a great start for a the local cinema which is just picking up now. It’s a 9.5 on IMDb (which shows how strong the word of mouth is) and I witnessed the positive audience reaction first-hand at a very upscale theater where it was screened. In order to give these films the audience they deserve, screening of mega- budget bollywood heavyweights needs to controlled during their period of release.


  • Taimoor Raja
    Sep 1, 2013 - 11:16PM

    Excellent response so far! A very good sign with Operation 021, Waar, Zinda Bhaag yet to come.


  • lalagee
    Sep 1, 2013 - 11:21PM

    @PakFilmFan…really 10 times budget…….man its 800 times…pAKIS ARE FUNNY


  • Amber
    Sep 1, 2013 - 11:42PM

    a great effort for Pakistani film industry by Hamyun. The owner of the cinemas should not screen any bollywood movie during the relieze period of a Pakistani movie. we all have to play our role in the revival of Pakistan film industry.


  • witty
    Sep 2, 2013 - 12:29AM

    I watched it today, its a great effort by humayun saeed. I watched Chennai express last weekend no offense to SRK but it was by far his worst movie i have seen and yet it is leading all the box office charts, strange to say the least.


  • optimist
    Sep 2, 2013 - 12:36AM

    Films in Pakistan don’t cost much to make. Khuda Ke Liye was filmed in Pak, London, USA and cost only 1.5 Crore (Pak Rupees). It made 7 Crore in Pakistan alone. Bol on the other hand was made for far less and made similar amount in a month and also got 5 Crore rupees for cinema rights alone in India. Earnings from UK, UAE and US market were above that.
    Mein Hoon Shahid Afridi has recovered its costs in first week and is likely to have even more business. Real cost of the film is exaggerated to create hype. It was 2 Crore according to my sources (an uncle who is a film producer!).
    This film has done really well if we look at its costs and returns in Pakistan. But if people want to compare Pakistani film industry with Bollywood, then why not compare Bollywood with Hollywood and we can say that One Hollywood blockbuster movie makes more than whole of Bollywood combined in a year (according to times of india and example used was Priates of the Carribean)


  • Sep 2, 2013 - 12:46AM

    @Vishnu Dutta:
    Think other way. Chennai Express would have not been that successful in Pakistan had MHSA was released at the same time.


  • Lk
    Sep 2, 2013 - 6:33AM

    I think this is actually a really good movie. Entertaining and very different from other Pakistani movies. The music is great too. A must watch!


  • The Economist
    Sep 2, 2013 - 9:36AM

    During 90 and 00 majority of cinema houses were closed but some houses survived by screening hollywood and bollywood movies and also managed to earn good profits so i think that we must not forget to thank bollywood and hollywood for survival of cinema industry in Pakistan.


  • Bharat
    Sep 2, 2013 - 12:03PM

    Hope to see it soon


  • salman
    Sep 2, 2013 - 1:26PM

    it is a mediocre movie, nothing special.


  • Asad
    Sep 2, 2013 - 2:43PM

    Lets support our industry guys.

    1) Go and see it in a Cinema. Prefer it over an Indian/Hollywood movie. In this way our country will produce quality content that will give us our own heroes, promote our culture and eventually someday bring in money as well ( Dont forget Minar-e-Pakistan was made by tax collected from cinema ticket, this is how big our movies and movie-appettie was)

    2) Dont download or buy a pirated copy, discourage that strongly, Discourage even lament the shop keepers or your friends and family who do it.

    3) i so want to see all these Paksitani movies, but i am doing a PhD in Italy, where there are no cinemas that will show these movies. So i have a solemn pledge that when i see them here (ofcourse by illegal downloading, no way around it, sad and sorry for that). I will send 20 Euro per movie (which is the movie ticket price here) to the production houses with a note that i support my film industry!

    Very proud of these new breed of film makers. Keep up the good work. The nation is with you.


  • I
    Sep 2, 2013 - 3:07PM

    Main Hoon Shahid Afridi is an excellent movie overall so I am glad to read that it has done well.

    Looking forward to Zinda Bhag now. Its music is certainly very nice.

    But can someone tell me how did Chambaili fare at the box office? It was a good movie too and received some very positive reviews in the media but was it commercially a hit or a flop? Thanks


  • JK
    Sep 2, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Mein hoon shahid afridi is a definite watch, Those of you who have not watched it yet must not miss this movie, it is far better movie than chennai express.


  • TrueBlue43
    Sep 2, 2013 - 5:44PM

    @lalagee: 800 times budget and Chennai Express is the end product ….. very sad …. very very sad ….


  • sohail khan
    Sep 2, 2013 - 6:04PM

    “Humayun Saeed is a far better actor than SRK.”

    Very funny and ridiculous.


  • analyst
    Sep 2, 2013 - 8:45PM

    The budget of MHSA is $ 1 million


  • Sep 2, 2013 - 11:22PM

    Pakistanis should ask production houses to come together and make a PAID website service where people can watch streaming of Pakistan films after paying some amount. They can either release them after a month or block the contents in countries where the film is releasin.
    There are many websites in the west that do that (e.g Netflix and lovefilm.com)


  • Anonymous
    Sep 3, 2013 - 7:28AM

    only SRK he is a perfect actor and nice manRecommend

    Sep 3, 2013 - 7:30AM



    Sep 3, 2013 - 11:22AM

    Dude Even We indians Dint like Chennai Express….. Gud luck to MHSA… Will see if it comes on DVD in mumbai..


  • N
    Sep 3, 2013 - 1:45PM

    @Anonymous: SRK may be a nice man but is an average actor at best!!!!


  • waz
    Sep 4, 2013 - 1:01AM

    @lala g: hahhaha it means that CE was made of a budget of $800 million???? wow.


  • Sep 5, 2013 - 7:50PM

    Here is my review on the MHSA http://samramuslim.com/movie-review-main-hoon-shahid-afridi/ would love your comments and feedback?


  • Witty
    Sep 5, 2013 - 8:37PM

    @Samra Muslim
    Well I think your review is very harsh, if you watch indo pak movies then you must know that movies made on cricket are not always successful. I think writer did a wonderful job, the script had motivation, humor and hint of commercialism as well. I remember cric movie of Rani Mukherjee can’t recall its name but MHSA is ages ahead of it. If chart buster Chennai express is the standard then this movie should cross 300 crore mark.


  • kiran thakur
    Sep 7, 2013 - 4:10PM

    main ho shahid afridi is a very good film i like humayo saeed. he is beter beter beter beter then srk and amitabh batchan. big b ki ab bohot umar ho gai hai inhay ab movie may nahi balke mandir main hona chaya


  • Mustijab Ahmed Khan
    Sep 14, 2013 - 7:15AM

    I observe that new talent in showbiz is doing fantastis job and they have very good acting skills as well. Now, Pakistani cinema is also rising up which is Excllent sign for us and we must support it because it shows our own culture. This year films like MHSA, Josh, Zinda Bhaag and the best movie for which I am waiting “WAAR” will be the trend setter for the future and I think credit goes to Mr. hoaib Mansor for his films “Khuda Ke Liye and BOL” which are first steps towards revival of Pakistani cinema and current movies are showing that how much skillful we are. We must go and watch our own culture and people in cinemas.


  • Ali
    Sep 17, 2013 - 10:33PM

    but apart from that. we should appreciate our films first to play our part to reform our film industry.


  • Mhammad Yasin Khan
    Sep 19, 2013 - 7:52PM

    Kindly Support Pakistani MoviesRecommend

  • Akbar Ali
    Sep 21, 2013 - 11:00PM

    In an interview Humayun said months before the film was even released that the budget is around 1 crore. Now the film has earned about 8 crore according to its FaceBook page in Pakistan alone which is good. Now all of a sudden people are saying the film is made on 7 crore. That’s lies.


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