Choorian, not Waar retains title as Pakistan’s highest-grossing film

Published: November 5, 2013
So far Waar has collected Rs170 million, compared to Syed Noor's Choorian which grossed a total of Rs200 million. PHOTO: FILE

So far Waar has collected Rs170 million, compared to Syed Noor's Choorian which grossed a total of Rs200 million. PHOTO: FILE

So far Waar has collected Rs170 million, compared to Syed Noor's Choorian which grossed a total of Rs200 million. PHOTO: FILE So far Waar has collected Rs170 million, compared to Syed Noor's Choorian which grossed a total of Rs200 million. PHOTO: FILE So far Waar has collected Rs170 million, compared to Syed Noor's Choorian which grossed a total of Rs200 million. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: According to the box office stats collection on Monday, Waar has grossed a whopping Rs168.3 million rupees in its three-week run. But the Bilal Lashari hit is still not the highest-grossing Pakistani film – that title remains with Syed Noor’s Choorian!

Since the release of Waar, there has been much talk of box office collection. Having bagged a record first day opening, followed by a record-breaking Eid collection and then the biggest first week opening for any film in Pakistan, the Shaan-starrer went on to beat Chennai Express’ records and caused Boss to flop at the local box office. Compared with Choorian, however, Waar is still behind in the box office race.

Syed Noor’s 1998 film Choorian gathered a grand total of Rs200 million and that, too, merely on 20 to 22 screens, whereas Waar was released on 52 screens. Choorian was a well-executed family drama bolstered by excessive marketing done by Shalimar Television Network. The result was a box office sensation.

With the onset of Muharram and Krrish 3 as competition, it is still uncertain whether Waar will become Pakistan’s all-time highest-grossing film by surpassing the Rs200 million mark. However, back-to-back houseful shows on weekdays suggest that there is hope for the Shaan-starrer to surpass Chooriyan.

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Reader Comments (47)

  • confused
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Is the 200 million adjusted for inflation?


  • Khurram
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:39PM

    Krrish 3 is must be another blockbuster pathetic indian movie


  • Spock
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Looks like Waar went Agnipath way. Too much hype gave biggest ever start to both the movies but lack of substance killed it in coming weeks.

    Movies make huge money from repeat customers, if the movie is not watchable more than once then usually it fails to break records.Recommend

  • Aalia Saeed
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:53PM

    Choorian got 200 million in 2 years and WAAR got 170 mn in 3 weeks only in Pakistan. USA, UK, INDIA, DUBAI ETC yet to add.Recommend

  • Aalia Saeed
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:55PM

    Choorian got 200 mn in 2 years and WAAR got 170 mn in 3 weeks. Yet to add USA, UK, DUBAI, INDIA,Recommend

  • Rashid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:57PM

    Choorian was a great success, it has a successful run for about one year, and all that revenue generated in almost one year. Waar has generated this in mere three weeks, Also choorian was released in single screen cinemas, when maximum ticket was 100 rupees and minimum 50 rupees, so it took quite a long time for chooriyan to get that much revenue.Recommend

  • Ghostrider
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:17PM

    very good point….if we keep inflation at 6% minimal for 10 years then certainly Waar has earned moreRecommend

  • Not confused anymore
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:17PM

    Who wants to watch Krish 3? I don’t.Recommend

  • rahul
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:47PM

    @Khurram Ya atleast krish3 will not be propaganda movie funded by Army. And off course it wont be 3rd grade movie called waar or faar Lol ..Recommend

  • that dude from LaL masjid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:01PM

    If this movie would have had dialogues in urdu and had been shown in smaller, cheaper, ‘common-man’ cinemas, it would definitely have taken the record. Not everyone in Pakistan can afford 400-500 rs. Ticket to fully air-conditioned theaters in Defence areas. The masses got left out.Recommend

  • Spock
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:21PM

    @Not confused anymore:

    Well in that case Krrish will not save you when he saves the world ;DRecommend

  • Ukhan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:41PM

    What is the point of this discouraging article, clearly mis-stating the fact that it has been less than a couple of months for release of the film?

    Why ET can not encourage the film makers, and wants Lollywood to remain stamped as a gujjar-ganderi business?Recommend

  • Our game our rules!
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:14PM

    Look whos talking. Have some shame mate, or should I remind you the names of those pathetic propaganda bollywood movies? Atleast this movie WAAR is close to reality and pretty logical, unlike your bollywood movies picturing what an Indian can only dream.


  • Ali
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:22PM

    This writer is a one trick pony and all he does is represent the negative in any media event in Pakistan. Its getting old. Please bring some accomplished and credible reporters to review movies and theater, not this debbie downer.


  • suzo
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:46PM

    after all, Waar is based on conspiracy theories!


  • ali
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:19PM

    ET – Why are you against about anything good in Pakistan?
    Waar is doing great and ET is only writing negative stuff about the movie


  • GhostRider
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:36PM

    no sir its not propaganda but a 3rd rate rip off of X-men series and we in Pakistan have better taste


  • Ash
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:43PM

    Choorian opened in 22 screens across Pakistan and earned a total of ₨200 million in it’s one year run.

    Poor story.


  • ashish
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:52PM

    Waar is a propaganda movie. made to fool pakistanis.
    only in pakistan suh movie can be successful…. LOL


  • Nov 5, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Did you even check the Cinemas like Atrium, Neueplex, Cinepax before writing this report? They are going houseful for each show of WAAR and still many people want to watch it but are unable to get tickets for it.


  • rahul
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:54PM

    @Our game our rules! …. Your saying WAAR Close to reality ?? Please have some shame. If you want to say that all that bad happens (Really does anything good happens in pak) in your country happens coz of India, then Its great going. I salute your IQ.


  • rahul
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:57PM

    @GhostRidder .. Thank you please don’t watch our movies, also please ask veena, zaffar not to beg and come to our country. Ask them to work in your cutting edge movies


  • Mary
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:04PM

    I watched Waar five times. The cinematic experience and knowing it is a pakistani film made me go. Yes storyline is slightly weak and there are a few ifs here and there but overall it was a good effort and I applauded that and wanted to do whatever I could to help pakistani cinema.


  • Anti dote
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:30PM

    Rafay Ji:
    Waar nay aap ka kya bigara hay jo aap hath dho kar is kay peechay par gaey hain. Peechay hi parna hay to aur bhi ghum hain zamanay may mauhabbat kay siwa, such as Indian army violations in kashmir, indian army violations on LOC, India biggest spender on defence in the last few years, Modi/BJP rising, Naxalite movement in indian states, 75% of indian living on less $2 a day, widows left to die & fend for themselves in the city of Vrindavan, according to the ex-army indian cheif india being involved in covert ops in pakistan etc etc…
    so some food for thought and possible topics for your next works of genius…


  • GhostRider
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:44PM

    @rahul: none of our classy talent look towards India…come to Pakistan and judge the places of people mentioned in our industry…on the other hand bollywood remains admant on copying our music and begging our singers to sing


  • Robin Ghosh
    Nov 5, 2013 - 10:33PM

    @GhostRider: You have a music industry? That is a news to me


  • Javed
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:07PM

    @Robin Ghosh:
    You Indians have enough toilets? That’s a news to me!


  • rahul
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:25PM

    @GhostRider … Can you please name a few recognition that “Your classy talent” has acquired in music like Grammy’s or Oscars or any global recognition?? I can name many Indians who have not only won in oscar or grammy , but also got Life time achievement awards.. Please put some facts..


  • Khurram
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:55AM

    life time achievement awards…lolx…we in pak has many artists who got LTA award from governemnt and so must be india..its not a big deal…regarding Oscar or Grammy…i know u gonna name AR Rehman for slumdog millionare but mind u that wasn’t an indian movie…that was a hollywood stuff


  • rizkhan
    Nov 6, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Waar has made history and will be remembered likewise. The message is Waar is way too powerful than any other movie of Pakistan.Recommend

  • sikandar ali soomro
    Nov 6, 2013 - 1:44PM

    I think Waar is all time hit movie, comparison between two movies should be according days earning not years gross earning.


  • Spock
    Nov 6, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Choorian was made in 5 crore and made 20 crore. Waar was made in 20 cr and made 17 cr so far. It may touch 20 cr by the end of this year.

    I dont see how Waar can be compared with Choorian. And if you adjust inflation then Waar will have to make over 25 cr to challenge Choorian in terms of earning if you even leave expenses aside.


  • Ghostrider
    Nov 6, 2013 - 5:10PM

    @Robin Ghosh:
    yes there is and it is much more diversified than yours….our sense of music is more mature than item numbers..take for example coke studio Pakistani version only (this is just one example).
    @rahul I dont wan to name the big ones that Pakistan has produced in music industry but just for the record…rock icons like pearl jam considered it an honor to work with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan…so take a hike now and listen to honey singh


  • kk
    Nov 6, 2013 - 6:17PM

    to my indian friends

    ‘WAAR’ is simple a movie n u have made it a war ,have a heartRecommend

  • Rahul
    Nov 6, 2013 - 6:26PM

    @Khurram Pt Ravi shankar got Life time achievement @ grammy’s, if you have general knowledge. I was taking about that.
    @Ghostrider Lol !! Please ask them to sing too ur population. I think Indian should have Bangladeshi singers, who sing better.


  • GhostRider
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:31PM

    @Rahul: our population rejected them them, thats why we sent left over across the border…because we know when anu malik can be a star there, ali zafar will become a legend in India


  • Nov 6, 2013 - 9:46PM

    What indians are doing here..?…Krrish 3 is copy of batman..they even copied the cat woman character…


    Nov 6, 2013 - 10:50PM

    krrish 3, a loser movie for loser indians………………….
    @rahul, I think Indian should have Bangladeshi singers, who sing better.

    Go ahead they will suck more blood from your economy and let your indi singers sit at the doorsteps……………….haha!


    Nov 6, 2013 - 10:52PM

    @Javed, that was a nice shot, straight at the indi’s throat.


  • jatt
    Nov 7, 2013 - 8:56AM

    Maula Jatt is the top grosser of all times in Pakistan todate.It ran continuously for more than two years in Lahore alone. Any difference can be due to value of currency way back during the lkate 1970s. As for the intellectual content, our public has the same standard that it always had.


  • Moin
    Nov 7, 2013 - 6:36PM

    I also salute ur complex regarding pakistan, what about your films those against pakistan. we poortrate only truth.Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Nov 8, 2013 - 10:56PM

    I went to watch with my wife and we couldn’t get seats. And the guy told me that the hiuse will remain full this week. Book next week.

    Good or not, every Pakistani should watch the movie just to support local film industry.


  • Nov 9, 2013 - 9:03AM

    Give it time,Churiaan was in theaters for more then a yearRecommend

  • Nov 15, 2013 - 9:35PM

    Waar is 2b c0mpared wid hollyW0OD n0t bollyW0Od,


  • Nov 15, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Waar is the best,


  • Nov 15, 2013 - 9:40PM

    waar is the best.


  • dante
    Nov 26, 2013 - 7:21PM

    I have watched the movie here on , its on cam quality but anyway its a great movie i like it !


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