Waar scores biggest Eid collection in Pakistan

Published: October 19, 2013
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Waar breaks local box-office records by earning Rs42.6 million in just three days of Eid. PHOTO: FILE

Waar breaks local box-office records by earning Rs42.6 million in just three days of Eid. PHOTO: FILE

Actor Shaan has once again proven that he remains the unbeatable, true star of Pakistani cinema as his much-hyped action thriller Waar broke all records against estimates.

Waar opened Wednesday on 42 screens across Pakistan and set a new record of box-office collections pertaining to Eid openings. After a first day opening of Rs11.4 million (exact figures: Rs11,397,930.00), Bilal Lashari’s big budget flick earned a total of Rs42.6 million (42,606,655.00) till Friday night, breaking all previous records of Eid collections. Waar has also broken first day record set by King Khan’s Chennai Express that had earned around nine million rupees on Eidul Fitr. If this remains to be the trend then Waar is expected to earn a total of Rs60 million or more in its first week, which will also beat Chennai Express‘s all-time high first week collections by a few millions.

Waar‘s first week on the box office will be considered of nine days since the collections from this Wednesday (first day of Eid) to next Friday will be collectively calculated. If Waar continues doing great at the box office then it is expected to earn an overall total of Rs120 million. However, an important trend has come to the fore. While Main Hoon Shahid Afridi covered the total business of Chambaili just in its first week similarly, Waar will supersede MHSA’s total business in its first week of running. But, Waar’s business is expected to face a major decline Monday onwards due to the end of a long weekend. Nonetheless, if it maintains its first-weekend run in the following weekends as well, then it will be considered the second blockbuster of modern-day Pakistani cinema, after Bol.

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  • Iqbal
    Oct 19, 2013 - 5:16PM

    Can someone enlighten us on how Rs11.4 million takings compare to the most successful Bollywood movie? The article says that the star is unbeatable (in Pakistan perhaps) but would be nice to compare with the competition.

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  • Oct 19, 2013 - 5:34PM

    Really awesome movie. Shaan u r rock :)

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  • faizaan
    Oct 19, 2013 - 5:38PM

    who could have predicted that a movie with dialogue in English will break these records…Pakistan hardly ever follows the dotted line.

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  • Oct 19, 2013 - 6:09PM

    Good cinema it was. However, the ending could have been better, it lacked excitement and was kinda immature. Having said that, overall excellent execution, way to go.Recommend

  • optimist
    Oct 19, 2013 - 6:22PM

    Anyone who has watched in Pakistan says that they have never seen such Pakistani movie.
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    Eagerly waiting in London.

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  • optimist
    Oct 19, 2013 - 6:26PM

    When we talk about Waar being a super hit, we talk about in Pakistani terms. It is a 100% Pakistani film and we have seen a big growth in recent years.
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    Pakistani films were considered successful if they earned 1 Crore or more in total because the budget of the film has ranged from 40 to 60 Lakhs. Now the trend has changed and the films cost and earn many crore.
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    We have our own financially viable industry! I am so glad. Now whatever we earn in the UK etc will be a bonus.

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  • Oct 19, 2013 - 6:48PM

    Waar has official budget of rupees 25 crore and unofficial rupees 37 crore..So if it collects maximum 12 crores then also it will be unable to recover it’s cost..So that means it’s a big flop on box office..Hence I am surprised that why every day ET is publishing data of such a flop movie..
    In India, hit movie means which not only recover it’s cost but also genrate profiit…

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  • yash
    Oct 19, 2013 - 6:57PM

    Thanks ET for promoting this great movie, which exposes Indian terrorism in Pakistan

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  • Rashid
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:00PM

    @iqbal, the comparison is done with the business of Chennai Express only in pakistan, it is not compared to worldwide business of chennai express

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  • @zulqarnain
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:13PM

    Shan is not rock rather shan rocks. Get some english sense buddy.

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  • Bilal
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:31PM

    @Iqbal:
    Firstly its 42.6 million and secondly here the comparison is between the money earned,by bollywood movies and WAAR, in Pakistan. WAAR has beaten all Indian movies in this regard.No Indian movie has ever done so much business in Pakistan, and they said “Pakistanis watch their movies” lol

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  • fasmik
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:57PM

    Haters will keep on ranting. I support Pakistani cinema. Indian agents wont like it though !!

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  • Raj Kafir
    Oct 19, 2013 - 9:12PM

    The modern Pakistani movies may have earned record revenue but will not GLUE to the screen like the movies of late Sultan Rahi and Mustafa Qureshi.

    “Maula Jatt “completed continuously 130 weeks at Shabistan Cinema Lahore and combined 310 weeks in its first run Do you think WAAR will complete even 25 weeks? I will look forward to see this film.

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  • Stardamore
    Oct 19, 2013 - 9:21PM

    @Iqbal:
    They mean the business that chennai express did in pakistan numbnuts.Recommend

  • Raj Kafir
    Oct 19, 2013 - 9:36PM

    Cost of the movie in Pakistani Rupees is (2.5 x 106.10=) 265.25 Millions.If it is expected to earn only 120 millions PKRs then the producer will be at loss. It should earn minimum 300 millions PKRs for producer’s sake. ET is showing cost of the film in US Dollars ( $2.5 Millions ) and showing the collections in Pakistani Rupees hiding the fact that One USD = Rs 106.10 ( Pakistani)

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  • Ali
    Oct 19, 2013 - 11:05PM

    Waar is an awesome movie….hats-off to Mr. Lashari….Thumbs down to Pakistan Haters…..the moviw was never meant to make profit but to unit Pakistanis against Indian terrorists.

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  • optimist
    Oct 20, 2013 - 3:27AM

    Waar cost $2 Million when dollar was 80 rupees (film was expected to release in early 2012). They used to say that it was 17 Crore.
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  • daniyal
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:06AM

    it is only in pakistan and waar has collected 4 crore rs world wide uptil now@Iqbal:

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  • Nauman
    Oct 20, 2013 - 10:51AM

    Well…. i agree to the ending part that it was fell short… i suppose that has to do with editing but over all it was an amazing effort, effects were really good. we need to see it in comparison to what has been earlier provided in our paki cinemas. more over how could be any1 so stupid to brag about indian movies doing more business buddies we have to see the comparison of both cost and the business a movie is giving… the total cost of the movie is USD 1.7Million, which is about PKR 185million…. out of which it has already done business of approx… PKR 45million.. we need to be considerate over everything and promote our own things, atleast in something we need to show nationalism. The producer who is also the writer specifically mentioned every time that i never came up with this project to make money rather it was to give a tribute to the people who die for the country and to have our nation a self realization of valuing there efforts and also that every individual has a role in society.Recommend

  • Mudassar
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:04AM

    WAAR team had estimated total collection in Pakistan up to PKR 55 million not 120 million even. I think by now its earning would have already touched their target. Why this movie has been made in English????? Its main target market is not Pakistan rather international viewers in 25 countries where it is soon going to be released. Any thing above 55 million in Pakistan will be bonus.

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  • Nad
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:38AM

    @Din:
    Use ur sense… the heading of the article is for Eid days… not for the following days. In future, in a week or month, it will go more than 37cror, please read the heading then comment.

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  • khan of quetta
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:43AM

    @faizaan:
    life is all about experimentation

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  • khan of quetta
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:45AM

    the figures above are revenue collected so far not the future collection

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  • ahsan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:01PM

    waar is excellent movie,it is nice to hear that our cinema can also compete with holywood,shaan is really good actor but also looking like hollywood actors and handsome,i am happy to see it because it is pakistani movie which fullfill all merits of critical anaylsis

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  • waheed
    Oct 20, 2013 - 5:25PM

    everyone is telling from their own perspective. and mine is that you just imagine that the movie had earned 1.14 crore only on 42 screens which is quite marvellous. while indian movies earns 25 to 30 crore but only after when they are released on 3500 screens. if you are good in maths. you can calculate the percentage. it means if waar would release in india it will get more than 100 crores….. strange fact…

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  • Alien1
    Oct 20, 2013 - 6:45PM

    LOL….indian teleserials are made at a bigger budget than this paki movies.

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  • Rahul
    Oct 20, 2013 - 7:47PM

    WAAR is an international Film. It should have been sent to OSCAR. Would sure win OSCARS.
    Its a good comedy film!!

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  • saeed
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:49PM

    From shaan’s facebook page..

    WAAR 4th day collection from all over Cinemas in Pakistam
    The film which is breaking records every day.

    4th Day Total Cinema Collection
    Rs.15,054,890.00
    (1 Crore 50 Lacs)

    Gross Box Office 4 Day Total
    Rs. 57,867,637.00
    (5 Crores & 78 Lacs)

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  • saeed
    Oct 20, 2013 - 8:54PM

    Chennai express life time collections in Pakistan were 6.61 crores and WAAR in just five days with today predictions will cross 7 Crore Net..second to BOL only whose lifetime collections were 12 crore..just wait till next weekend and Inshalalh it will cross bol and will move forward towards first 20 crore business movie of Pakistan..

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 10:18PM

    @saeed:
    Chennai Express has done business in pakistan more than 10 crores..Pls correct your information..

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  • Oct 21, 2013 - 1:19AM

    @Din:
    Brother, it doesn’t count the international collections. Secondly, the collections aren’t the issue as the ISPR funded it for the projection of their version of the events. So, in my opinion, the movie has done its job. Cheers! :)

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  • Niazi
    Oct 21, 2013 - 3:52AM

    It is rumored the movie might have been funded by the army; even if it is I think it is good in a way. I think even government should invest in film industry for its revival. It is one way and only one way to improve Pakistan’s image and get foreign investment through tourism in the long run. Film industry needs public funds.

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  • Frhan
    Oct 21, 2013 - 4:17AM

    I usually don’t comment to such, but here I will add my comments, most of the Pakistani’s use to watch English movies however they don’t understand English, what if Pakistani’s produce such movie in English Language, I will suggest all who didn’t watch WAAR, they should go and watch it, if you are crazy about watching movies, I am sure you would LOVE it and feel proud that your country have such talent.

    I have watched WAAR 2 times, such a lovely story, action, thrill, excellent picturisation and direction.

    Keep it up BILAL LASHARI, we are waiting for more.

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  • Oct 21, 2013 - 6:51AM

    What a great stuff, it’s ought to be. Shaan hasn’t provided earlier stuff like that but it was a great approach. It will make a great and positive impact on Pakistani Film Industry.

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  • TUNG
    Oct 21, 2013 - 7:40AM

    @Alien1: thats why they are a pain to watch!tell me any quality indian movie!oh wait their arent any!u spend all your money on item songs

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  • saeed
    Oct 21, 2013 - 10:48AM

    @Din…it was 9.7 crore and not 10 crore and that was a Gross collections not Net..means with government taxes..Net amount is the one which actually goes into the pocket of distributor and producer..Waar Gross collection is over 10 crore…

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  • Ali
    Oct 21, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Please don’t mention Bol .. it was one over-hyped mediocre flick.

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  • Saleemkhan
    Oct 21, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Great movie ,feel proud to have young director like bilal love to see ur work,and hope to see next soon

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  • Amjad
    Oct 21, 2013 - 10:07PM

    Answer to iqbal who wants to know how much indian moves make in comparison to waar.

    Waar made 1crore first day.
    Chennai express made 50crores first day. (converted to pakistani rupees)

    The difference is 50times more money.

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  • Babrik Khan
    Oct 22, 2013 - 1:13AM

    Come on people. It was an artless, tasteless blunder. There was no sense of direction whatsoever. The villains were all one-dimensional, and when they laughed after every evil act they perform, I could not help but laugh with them, or at them. It was all about style and there was no real substance. Meesha Shafi can’t act, nor can Ali Azmat. Though I was satisfied with Ayesha Khan’s performance, and the actor who plays her brother. Now I had high hopes for it, being a firm supporter for the revival of Pakistani cinema, but that can’t change the fact that the movie sucked. It doesn’t come even close to the tact with which Shoaib Mansoor made Khuda Ke Liye and Bol. I was hoping it would be about the sacrifices of security forces in the war against terror, but frankly it wasn’t. Having a scene where a hundred policemen are gunned down had no bearing on the story at all. The script was full of meaningless, stylized dialogue. Who talks like that? And the direction sucked as well. Who can believe that Lashari graduated from San Francisco? The night-time attack upon the terrorist hideout was shot dreadfully. There was no telling where the opposing parties were and how they planned to fight each other. It was just Shan dropping terrorists like they were pigeons. If he was so effective, why didn’t they just send him to Waziristan and be done with? I can’t tell how disappointed I am. Please don’t waste your money on this.

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  • Gratgy
    Oct 22, 2013 - 11:48AM

    Indian version of a box office success: A movie that generates profit for all involved

    Pakistani version of Box office success: A movie that beats a bollywood masala movie in Pakistan even if it loses money on the whole.

    Explains a lot about Pakistan

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  • Moin
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:46PM

    @Babrik Khan:

    Salam to all,

    I think u r not filmi person thats why u disappointed.

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  • ...
    Oct 25, 2013 - 5:09AM

    @@zulqarnain:

    I heard about 5 senses. But what does this newly invented english sense means. Please guide.

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  • ...
    Oct 25, 2013 - 5:12AM

    @Gratgy:
    Money is not every thing.

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  • ...
    Oct 25, 2013 - 5:25AM

    To raj kafir

    Mola jat was in a cenima where ticket was 25 rupees. Molar jatt business of 1year less then waar in 1week.

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  • armaan
    Dec 2, 2013 - 4:05PM

    actually film should release in world wide. Then pakistani flim maker earn more and more. Especially gulf state, india, bangladesh, srilanka and nepal. Also in uk and usa, canada, malaysia. We earn a lot of….. Indian movie are becoming less interested to muslim world. Allah hafeezRecommend

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