Did you know?: Zinda Bhaag bags Rs7.5 million in first week

Published: September 28, 2013
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By Tuesday afternoon, the film had crossed Rs5 million- mark. PHOTO: FILE

By Tuesday afternoon, the film had crossed Rs5 million- mark. PHOTO: FILE

By Tuesday afternoon, the film had crossed Rs5 million- mark. PHOTO: FILE By Tuesday afternoon, the film had crossed Rs5 million- mark. PHOTOl: FILE

KARACHI: According sources, Zinda Bhaag had a tremendous opening week with an overall collection of Rs7.5 million.

The film released on September 20 on 31 screens across Pakistan with a largely digital release with a few cinemas being provided with 35mm film stock. By Tuesday afternoon, the film had crossed the Rs5 million mark.

The surprise opening of Cinepax at Ayesha Manzil in Karachi and some multiplexes in Punjab also helped the Lollywood film to reach the Rs7.5 million-milestone by Friday afternoon. However, the film might not be able to reach the Rs20 million-mark in its full running – the release of Bollywood film Phatta Poster Nikla Hero has started to give it a tough competition at the box office and Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Besharam is expected to make it tougher.

But if luck shines on Zinda Bhaag, Besharam’s footfall at the box office might help Zinda Bhaag get viewership – something that was witnessed when Aashiqui 2 helped Chambaili in getting business. Given the limited budget in which the film was made, Zinda Bhaag is expected to earn overall Rs16 million as it is reported to be released in the United States, Canada and India. As for now, box office experts have declared it a hit! We hope Zinda Bhaag makes it to the Oscars.

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  • jiyala
    Sep 30, 2013 - 8:33PM

    Why is an Indian film allowed to compete with Pakistani film INSIDE Pakistan? If we are to revive our local film industry, we shouldn’t let foreign movies be shown at the cinemas at the same time as our own movies. That’ll do nothing but hinder our industry’s growth.

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  • Vishnu Dutta
    Sep 30, 2013 - 9:36PM

    More power to ZB. I hope it breaks all records and revive lollywood.

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  • LaLaki
    Sep 30, 2013 - 10:45PM

    Indian Films have earned 2000 million in three..days..chennai express………..compare 7.5 with 2000……..it will take another 10,000 years for us to get that 2000 mark of one film…

    ET..facts..u know..publish it…

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  • Junaid
    Oct 1, 2013 - 12:09AM

    @LaLaki: Errr… Chennai Express was on 3500 screens across India vs 31 screens for Zinda Bhaag across Pakistan. That’s a revenue of 0.57 million per screen vs a revenue of 0.24 million per screen (that’s (relatively) double). Let’s not even talk about how much it cost to make a movie like Chennai Express. Though, if we continue speaking relatively, that’s the same as the revenue from Race 2 and Grand Masti and is more than Aashiqui 2. This has been a very successful movie. That is a fact. This isn’t a competition.

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  • shahid
    Oct 1, 2013 - 12:28AM

    will India allow to release this film commercialy there ?.If not then indian films should be banned in pakistan also.

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  • Arpit Jain
    Oct 1, 2013 - 1:36AM

    @shahid: Please read the news carefully

    “Zinda Bhaag is expected to earn overall Rs16 million as it is reported to be released in the United States, Canada and India.”

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  • Aman Ki Asha
    Oct 1, 2013 - 1:48AM

    The screen-writer and director are Indian. As are the editors. It even stars legendary Indian actor, Naseerudin Shah. And it was Pakistan’s entry for Oscars. At least this movie should be released in India too to foster people to people contact and promote peace. Let’s not forget almost EVERY Bollywood movie gets released in al Pakistani cinemas.

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  • rome
    Oct 1, 2013 - 1:54AM

    5 million rupees mark. is this a joke or what. its about 50000 dollar. its embarassing that you are proud of that. it should not even have been mentioned.Recommend

  • S.Ahmad
    Oct 1, 2013 - 1:59AM

    in the globalised village world of 21st century national borders play no role in demand and supply, nations have to demonstrate they can compete with superior products at competitive costs and let the people decide what they want, there is no room for protectionism, so compete and win. Blocking competition is a deadly and failed mindset.

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  • Bilal
    Oct 1, 2013 - 3:47AM

    Without getting into lollywood vs bollywood debate I am glad to share with you that ZB beat Shahid Kapoor starrer PPNH in Pakistan. Both released on same day September 20 and PPNH on more screens than ZB. ZB earned 7.5 million against 7.1 million earning of PPNH.

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  • Aly
    Oct 1, 2013 - 4:59AM

    Hi,

    I am based in Sydney, Australia and I fail to understand why is it that lollywood has only limit itself to Pakistan only. None of the major hit movies released in last 4 – 5 years ever hit the cinemas here and to add to the irony we don’t even get these movies on DVDs to promote Pakistan film industry here and to create awareness that Pakistan is not a deadlock country, people in Pakistan do not live in stone age as people think here.

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  • Ayesha
    Oct 1, 2013 - 8:26AM

    @Bilal: ZB earned 7.5 million against 7.1 million earning of PPNH

    That’s good but the fact remains that ZB would have collected much more revenues if PPNH was not released at the same time!

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  • Junaid
    Oct 1, 2013 - 9:41AM

    @rome: Pakistan’s cinema is UP AND COMING. This is an amazing start. All that can be hoped for is that this inspires other film-makers to do more, to release more and to continuously do better. It’s all about the individual quality of the movie. American movies gross 10-15 times more than Indian movies, yet I don’t hear anybody trying to compare these oranges with those apples. Scary Movie 5 made more than Chennai Express did. That’s scary.

    @Aman Ki Asha: I can’t even begin to count the number of movies that have been produced by Americans yet belong to other countries.

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  • Neha Khan
    Oct 1, 2013 - 10:07AM

    Please let’s not get into this Pakistan vs India debate. Zinda Bhaag is a great movie and nothing like the routine trash Bollywood produces. Money is not an indicator for everything. Loved Naseeruddin Shah in Khuda ke Liye but here in Zinda Bhaag he proves to be the weakest link.

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  • rAHUL
    Oct 1, 2013 - 11:43AM

    Hey Pakistani’s please stop watching our(Indian) films.Grow your film industry and take back your people like veena malick, Ali Zafar etc

    Regds

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  • Pakidude
    Oct 1, 2013 - 11:43AM

    WAIT are you comparing Phatta poster and Zinda bhaag?? Get a life!! ET! Get a life!

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  • ptr
    Oct 1, 2013 - 1:44PM

    @jiyala: We need entertainment, make good movie and compete, if you people cannot make good movie don’t behave like cry babies’

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  • RI
    Oct 2, 2013 - 3:17AM

    Phata poster had so many more shows than Zinda Bhaag and still Zinda Bhaag did better. But our pakistani exhibitors continue to give phata poster many more shows than Zinda Bhaag. This is something we have to change if we want to see our film industry succeed.

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  • Talha Rizvi
    Oct 2, 2013 - 11:45AM

    @rAHUL:
    Hey Indian Troll read your own Indian newspapers and get out of a Pakistani news site.

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  • np
    Oct 10, 2013 - 9:30PM

    @Aman Ki Asha: “Let’s not forget almost EVERY Bollywood movie gets released in al Pakistani cinemas.”

    Clearly not true. First of all Pakistani censor board bans many Bollywood movies. Secondly Bollywood movies that do not have A list stars are not released in Pakistan.

    Barring those movies that are prevented rleease due to censor board decisions, the rest are merely commercial decisions of the distributors and producers of the movies.Recommend

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