Dhoom 3 breaks Waar's box-office record on its first day

Published: December 21, 2013


KARACHI: In an unexpected revelation at the Box Office, Dhoom 3 featuring Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif  has beaten the first day box office collection record of Waar by Rs8 million.

Waar had gathered a total first day box office collection of 11.4 millions rupees whereas Dhoom 3 made a total of a little more than 19 million rupees in Pakistan on its opening day on Thursday.

Waar was released on 53 screens on Eid-ul-Azha whereas Dhoom 3 was released on 56 screens and  made the record on a weekday which indicates its success in the coming weeks.  It is still too early to say that Dhoom 3 will will beat the overall business of  Waar but it will most likely become the highest-grossing Indian film in Pakistan by beating Chennai Express’s total business of approximately Rs100 million.

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  • Unknownw
    Dec 21, 2013 - 3:54PM

    Special thanks to media (specially one channel) for advertising Indian movies over Pakistani movie and promoting vulgar culture…


  • Nadir
    Dec 21, 2013 - 3:57PM

    How dare nation spend more movie on Bollywood. Nation fails Army again :(


  • Abacond
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:00PM

    Comparing Dhoom 3 to Waar? Genius.


  • anti elitist rawalpindi
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:05PM

    Silly and useless comparison. Any box office success is good news for Pakistan as it helps economy and sets the standard bit higher for other filmmakers. Which means more quality productions in future.


  • Rumormonger
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Comparing Apples with Oranges. ET wake up.


  • What-to-say
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:17PM

    Bravo ET! Comparing the Indian Cinema with ours! Kindly mention the purpose of this comparison; is it to promote the Indian movie or to discourage our own?


  • Saim Baig
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:36PM

    All i would like to say is “I am Disappointed” over the choice of our people. The blind following of useless love triangle or Villian/Vamp Indian movies. Sometimes filled with ununderstandable telgu, This time With so called Mr Perfectionist, whose speaking tone is similar in every movie.


  • Bada Bhai
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:48PM

    To all my Pakistani brothers, please save yourself some time and money by not watching this movie as it is barely watchable.


  • Liberal
    Dec 21, 2013 - 4:53PM



  • Pakistani
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:10PM

    lol lol lol..According to Wikipedia dhoom3’s total budget 23million US $ and Waar’s Total Budget 1.9million US $..and u still want to compare ET?? low even from your standards ET


  • Pakistani
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:13PM

    Would have loved to see you people mentioning the total budget of both the films compared in this article as well..But o well thats Journalism right??


  • So
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:16PM

    the lesson is stop anti India hostility and terrorism. If at all you want to survive as a country with current borders be friends with India.
    All the hate filled Pakistan studies education has not turned you away from your roots. Top 10 google searches confirmed this.
    Pakistan, Afghanistan and India can all be friends. May be you can succeed in ensuring polio vaccination for every one.


  • stone
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Rafay mahmood is so happy…omg!!


  • Lahori
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:37PM

    Within the next 2 to 3 years, Pakistan will also have a 100 crore club! There are tens of cinemas under construction while the (struggling) middle class has something more to do now in their lives other than food and sleep.


  • Raj Kafir
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:38PM

    Yeh Tou Hona Hi Tha..


  • Rajesh
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Where are the pakistani trolls who say pakistanis hate hindi films ?? Accept, Appreciate, Enjoy !!


  • Realist
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:54PM


    Even in Hollywood (when comparing gross or even for Oscar consideration), films are judged on their own merit, not as a function of their budget.


  • Lala Gee
    Dec 21, 2013 - 5:54PM

    LOL. When you spend well over 100 million on promotions, media coverage, and colored front half page ads in national newspapers (and who knows how much was paid underhand to Jang Group for running four columns front page promotional stories with pictures — they are also the Distributors of this film as well), this was not surprising. Perhaps readers still remember the news published by ET about their closed relations with Indian agencies through “Aman Ki Aasha” program. Moreover, ‘Waar’ gained momentum slowly after the positive feed back from the viewers instead of some publicity gimmick.Recommend

  • Frivolous
    Dec 21, 2013 - 6:00PM

    “KARACHI: In an unexpected revelation at the Box Office, Dhoom 3 featuring Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif has beaten the first day box office collection record of Waar”

    And who made this unexpected revelation? Any source, or your own built-in calculator.Recommend

  • Khalq e Khuda
    Dec 21, 2013 - 6:07PM

    Its good news for Pakistani economy. Cinemas get business, support industries generate revenue and above all people get entertained.

    These figures need to go much higher though it is great to see that the cinema industry os finally reviving and every succeeding film is being released on a larger number of screens.


  • Haris
    Dec 21, 2013 - 6:10PM

    I agree with this comment. As a Pakistani I am against the showing of Indian content in television and films, mainly because it doesn’t happen vice versa so why should we help generate business for a country who doesn’t care about our growing media industry. But nevertheless Pakistanis are in denial that they don’t watch Indian films or dramas and on top, the fact Turkish dramas are successful show that foreign content is what Pakistanis secretly love but have a pro-Pakistani stance to the world. It’s a shame our people can’t even go out and support a well made film of ours, so it does show most Pakistanis do love Bollywood and just act as if they don’t. On top of that, you do have to realise that the film was bound to be successful because of the cast and Bollywood is a well established industry unlike ours.


  • ShineBright
    Dec 21, 2013 - 6:37PM

    Looks like some pakistani media channels are being run by indian nationals


  • Dec 21, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Pakistan must stop showing Bollywood movies as they are un-Islamic.


  • Pakistani1
    Dec 21, 2013 - 6:44PM

    We request ban on indian movies just like india bans pakistani movies. We have full trust in our talented people who make great and sensible movies like Waar. Movies like dhoom are vulgar and nonsense anyways


  • Rahul
    Dec 21, 2013 - 6:52PM

    @Rajesh .. Well said .. But thats nature right.. Bite the people who give you food


  • AK
    Dec 21, 2013 - 7:00PM

    watched it yesterday at cinepax. hardly managed to get a ticket. Movie is great ! but should not be compared with the Waar.


  • Spock
    Dec 21, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Two things comes out of this

    First is people want to watch Indian movies and they dont care where movie comes from.

    Second is it is good for the economy. It generates jobs and strengthens the institutions associated with cinema industry.

    Banning Indian movies is akin to going against people’s will


  • shah
    Dec 21, 2013 - 7:17PM

    It still means Pakistani cinemas are making a comeback and some jobs will be created in cinemas for unemployed youth. No losers here.


  • hasan
    Dec 21, 2013 - 7:24PM

    Waar as a propaganda movie, supported, funded, promoted by we all know who… what are we comparing it against??? Its shameful to see artists and creative directors of pak joining hands with our powerful to spread propaganda… very sad day for creative arts in pak.. as in all other fields.. the day i heard about who funded waar and what was the purpose to spread false propaganda, i lost respect for the film and the directors..


  • Lala Gee
    Dec 21, 2013 - 7:55PM

    LOL. When you spend well over 100 million on promotions, media coverage, and colored front half page ads in national newspapers (and who knows how much money was paid to Jang Group for running four columns front page promotional stories with pictures, the kind of coverage which was unseen before for any other movie. Perhaps readers still remember the news published by ET a only few weeks ago about Jang Group’s close contacts with Indian agencies through Times of India and “Aman Ki Aasha” program.), this was not totally surprising for the first day run. Moreover, ‘Waar’ gained momentum after the positive feed back from the viewers instead of some publicity gimmick like the one being employed in case of Dhoom 3. So comparing only the first day results is perhaps not the accurate measure or prediction of the overall performance of both the movies. Further, the quality of Dhoom 3 could really be good and there is also a large fan base of Bollywood Khans and Katrina Kaif in Pakistan. Nothing wrong in it if any Indian movie performs well in Pakistan based on its own merits, which most Bollywood movies lack nowadays, and is not used as a medium to propagate anti-Pakistan or pro-Indian propaganda.Recommend

  • lol
    Dec 21, 2013 - 8:44PM

    hypocricy EXPOSED….:D


  • Khan
    Dec 21, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Don’t care how many records it breaks, I’m still not watching it.


  • ss
    Dec 21, 2013 - 9:39PM

    i’d rather watch a cartoon on TV :-/


  • optimist
    Dec 21, 2013 - 9:49PM

    Records are there to be broken.
    It is sign of quick growth in Pakistani Cinema/entertainment Industry.
    Main money has been earned by Pakistani cimea/importer.
    Next big film will break this record as well.


  • Guru
    Dec 21, 2013 - 9:57PM

    Yes your all fit to see cartoon channels only, as not matured enough to see good movies.Recommend

  • Truth
    Dec 21, 2013 - 10:02PM

    The fact is that pakistani audience have to be begged to see Waar movie, but not in the case of any bollywood movies even though restricted by your local artists.You can’t dictate others what to see and not to see, its as simple as that. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Dec 21, 2013 - 10:02PM

    Its better to watch some quality pakistani drama than watching this film..i pity on that one channel who is promoting this movie day and night in their news bullitens…Recommend

  • Deep
    Dec 21, 2013 - 10:12PM

    I watched th film, its a good movie but for me still the best Dhoom series is Dhoom 2. Acting nd manliness of hrittik, as well as th chemistry of hrittik and ash was mind blowing…… Which is very badly missing in Dhoom 3, in spite of the presence of amir khan.Recommend

  • optimist
    Dec 21, 2013 - 10:19PM

    Channel One first introduced, promoted and gave special coverage to self proclaimed mujahid and security Analyst ZAHID HAMID (watch youtube for his initial programmes).
    Now same channel is promoting Dhoom 3 more than others. Irony?????Recommend

  • Amjad
    Dec 21, 2013 - 10:32PM

    Internet is also unislamic I suggest you practice what you preach and boycott Internet! Will you? Tv is also unislamic but I’m sure you have tv at home @Ayesha:


  • Saad
    Dec 21, 2013 - 10:53PM

    Rafay Mahmood must be really happy!


  • Khan
    Dec 21, 2013 - 11:02PM

    Only a troll can equate maturity with watching indian movies. Well done.


  • Usman Masood
    Dec 21, 2013 - 11:45PM

    Well, Waar should’ve roped in Katrina Kaif.

    Pakistanis you have the worst taste ever. Seriously, not supporting your own films like Waar, and Khuda Kay Liye. You have got to be kidding me.

    Banda hollywood kii movie dekh le bhetar hai , at least they don’t break into a choreographed dance session out of the blue. Recommend

  • Noman
    Dec 21, 2013 - 11:50PM

    This news is totally wrong and comparitively to waar,Waar movie has released in 35 screens,and now Dhoom 3 has released 56 because of opening interior sindh an punjab cinemas of Multan,Hyderabad ,Gujarnawala ,Credit goes to Waar,Waar has taken all pakistani viewrs to cinemas becoz action packed movies ,otherwise Waar popular and huge demand in UK,USA,Australia ,Europe it will be released next year.Recommend

  • Khan
    Dec 22, 2013 - 12:12AM

    Agreed, cartoons are easier to tolerate than indian movies, and one must be mature enough to sit through that torture. Good point.


  • Takloo
    Dec 22, 2013 - 12:25AM

    never see any Dhoom movie uptill now and I dont have time to waste watching idiotic movies like these….moreover its strange that national media doesn’t gave too much coverage to Paki movies like Khuda k liye and Waar but giving coverage to sub-standard movie like Dhoom….what happened to our media?…where are we heading towards?…seriously ET….u r biased on ur reporting


  • harsh
    Dec 22, 2013 - 12:33AM

    This one to Mubasher Lucman, facepalm


  • nomi
    Dec 22, 2013 - 1:35AM

    The fact is that Pakistanis do not respect their actors. In Punjabi, we all know what they are referred to as by most Pakistanis. Religious brigade calls it forbidden in the religion.
    Can they say the same about waar?

    A typical hypocrite nation.


  • khan
    Dec 22, 2013 - 1:57AM


    Katrina won’t even spit on army propaganda film like WAAR with such amateur galli director and poor production value.

    We are talking real cinema here with proper storytelling and screenplay. Pakistani movies fare poorer in comparison with B grade regional indian movies made on shoestring budget.


  • Reham Khan
    Dec 22, 2013 - 2:30AM

    Plot good, acting bad, songs great, choreography superb.

    Now you don’t need to waste your money.


  • Dec 22, 2013 - 6:59AM

    The figure of 19 million is wrong. The actual figure of collection of dhoom 3 is PKR 2.23 Crore in Pakistan. Pls check the below link:


  • Rohit
    Dec 22, 2013 - 7:10AM

    @Usman Masood:
    Oh, please don’t watch Indian movies. Watch Hollywood movies, the movies from country which carries drone strikes in Pakistan everyday. We don’t care either-way.


  • asif
    Dec 22, 2013 - 7:44AM

    wonder who paid to watch this ? . idiot”s movie of the year!


  • Np
    Dec 22, 2013 - 8:04AM

    India does not ban Pakistani movies. Both Bol and Khuda Ke Liye were released in India. No one has claimed that Waar was banned in India either. But whether a distributor chooses o distribute a movie or not is entirely a commercial issue and it maybe the case that an Enlish language movie with any-India content may not have found any takers among distributors – which is purely a commercial matter. After all it is not like Waar got a release in any other foreign country except Dubai. The UK had permitted it o be shown in UK but they were unable to organize a release.

    Do not confuse lack of commercial viability with a ban.


  • Jack
    Dec 22, 2013 - 11:28AM

    Who died and left u in-charge of Katrina’s spitting preferences? It’s just cinema, watch the silly movie and move on.Recommend

  • Dec 22, 2013 - 12:36PM

    Cognitive dissonance at its best.

    India is bad, its movie stars are excellent! Among the top ten searches in Pakistan, Indian movie stars feature prominently!

    Bollywood is bad, its movies are horrible to watch. Yet, the top earners are Bollywood “junk”.

    Indian culture is bad, its TV shows are cultural invasion. But, Mehendi is a must in Pakistani weddings, the attire of the bride is eerily similar to an Indian bride’s attire.

    Sex is a Sin, yet the top searches for Pakistan are in that category, Google Trends tell us.

    Those who all don’t know what is Cognitive Dissonance, hope you know now.Recommend

  • osmanorin
    Dec 22, 2013 - 2:30PM

    I have seen this movie, but i was disappointed. The movie will go on in the name of Amir Khan. But i liked Dhoom-1,specially John Abraham appearance. I was amazed to see Abhishek Bacchon patience ,all the series he was sidelined,but he never lost hope!!!

    But,its unfair to compare “warr” with ‘Dhoom-3’, because of its budget, lack of Katrina Kaif (a lot of people just go to see her),location, sexy dancing (or art ). I have a feelings this movie has bought some ideas from Hollywood,though the will never acknowledge it.


  • PeaceMonger
    Dec 22, 2013 - 5:33PM

    Pakistan movies are NOT banned in India. Please don’t mislead people. The reason movies fail to be shown is because theatre owners only screen movies that has prospect of doing good business. Most Pakistani movies are not of very good quality bar a few.


  • Pappu Bacha
    Dec 22, 2013 - 6:37PM

    I will better do my last one week laundry in those 3 hours instead of watching Dhoom-3…dont have 3 hours for Dhoom-3…
    Pappu (Shorkot)


  • Dec 22, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Dhoom3 has cross rupees 100 crore in 3 days. Its very nice movie you can watch and download/watch movie screen shot and wallpapers, before its removed best of luck http://movies-ka-hungama.blogspot.com/, and dnt forget to share this nice info with yours friends this is very nice gift for free, enjoyRecommend

  • Pop
    Dec 22, 2013 - 8:27PM

    @Bada Bhai:

    if u dint like the movie than better not talk about it in public


  • Umais Bin Sajjad
    Dec 22, 2013 - 8:27PM

    Go have a thorough look at first review on IMDB


  • Rohit
    Dec 22, 2013 - 9:09PM

    @Reham Khan:
    Still your people are dying to watch it.Recommend

  • Truth
    Dec 22, 2013 - 11:03PM

    Those pakistan people who trolls here telling waste of time to see movie are the first one in the queue on theatre to see dhoom 3.


  • Guest
    Dec 23, 2013 - 12:58AM

    The main lead actor of dhoom 3 is a muslim, Aamir Khan and some of the best actors in bollywood are muslim saif, Salman and richest actor in the world Shah Rukh khan.


  • Weirdity
    Dec 23, 2013 - 1:36AM

    I just don’t get it! How can PATRIOTIC Pakistanis allow a Indian movie to make more money than “waar”, which is a national treasure of “creative” and imaginative accomplishment of pakistaaan? I am about to blow my top! :-)


  • IndianDude
    Dec 23, 2013 - 2:17AM

    Apple to orange comparison by ET. Dhoom 3 is a private production, while waar was a gift by pakistani army to the great nation of pakistan. Other important difference, waar was the only movie in history of pakistan where the result of a waar was scripted by the pakistani army instead of the indian army.


  • IndianDude
    Dec 23, 2013 - 2:21AM

    lol lol lol..According to Wikipedia dhoom3′s total budget 23million US $ and Waar’s Total Budget 1.9million US $..and u still want to compare ET?? low even from your standards ET

    pakistani, you are wrong! The cost of producing movie waar was zero, as the money for the movie came from the pak army budget.


  • Dec 23, 2013 - 3:50AM

    Well i think both movies are scripted very nicely, waar was not a totally commercial sort of film but was still watchable and best think was it was not against any country so every one can enjoy watching it. Dhoom 3 is total commercial movie and has all ingredient of successfully bollywood masala movie and i have watch it twice in 3 day. It will break 400 crore record. You can watch it on this link http://movies-ka-hungama.blogspot.com, free


  • abcde
    Dec 23, 2013 - 9:55AM

    I will watch Dhoom 10053. Its the legacy of bollywood to keep making sequels of boring movies


  • rizkhan
    Dec 23, 2013 - 10:24AM

    If you want to brutally waste your time, be my guest and watch the movie- thats what I been told who watched itRecommend

  • veer
    Dec 23, 2013 - 11:46AM

    @Lala Gee:


  • veer
    Dec 23, 2013 - 11:49AM

    @Pappu Bacha:
    pls do that!


  • Salman Hussain
    Dec 23, 2013 - 2:20PM

    Dear Print & Electronic Media how much paid you for advertisement ????


  • Green Tiger
    Dec 23, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Amir Khan is the best Actor ever. I watched every movie. 3 Idiots.. mind blowing performance.
    & Katrina Kaif is the hottest ever.. I couldn`t get the tickets..


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Dec 23, 2013 - 5:39PM

    Indian film makers are very cleaver . They know the muslim psychy which is anti US in general . Attack on Chikago Bank can be compared with the attack on the Twin Tower therefore the film will earn a lot .


  • Dr Sameena Hussain
    Dec 23, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Great entertainment. Aamir and gang in top form. Eat your hat, Mubashir Lakshman and his ARY establishment friends who tried to ban Bollywood movies in pakistan. We love you Aamir and Bollywood.

    Many thanks

    Dr Sameena Hussain


  • Gaurav
    Dec 24, 2013 - 3:47PM

    @Lala Gee:

    You might not aware of the fact that Dhoom #3 has spent least amount after promoting compared to Chennai Express, Krish #3 etc. The were sure that the fan following of Aamir Khan, Katrina, and Dhoom series are so huge that the movie was sure to succeed. Check the fact before make any comments lala gee : )


  • ujjwal dhawa
    Dec 24, 2013 - 8:10PM

    praps pakistanis consider bollywood movies as strictly “indian” movies. they r mistaken bcoz there r hundreds of independent brilliant internationally acclaimed movies being produced in india such as “the lunchbox”,”ship of thesus”,”meghe dhaka tara”(bengali),”the good road”,”shobdo”(bengali) and many more………so dont judge “indian culture and indian movie” with those movies you are shown only……….whatsoever if u dont like indian movies to come to your country then protest for it……..lastly i can show u a number of movies(indian not necessarily bollywood)which can make u forget “waar”..


  • rukmini
    Dec 24, 2013 - 8:25PM

    watch udaan,bhag milkha bhag,lunchbox,makkhi,ship of thesus and then judge indian movies


  • Jayadev P
    Dec 24, 2013 - 8:33PM

    @Pakistani1: Pakistani movies are not banned in India. The truth is that no one here actually cares about your movies. Why should we when we have so many options.


  • Who cares
    Dec 25, 2013 - 11:21AM

    @Usman Masood:
    It’s a signature of bollywood and world knows it, that’s y bollywood dance is getting well recognised in world ….yakeen na ho to YouTube dekh lo……har film industry ke koi khaas baat hote hai ye bollywood ke khas baat hai …..pakistan film ke kya khas baat hai no one knows it…..aur dhoom3 ka dance dekh lo u will like it and that’s called quality and bollywood and same time I am proud of it….


  • Who cares
    Dec 25, 2013 - 11:28AM

    @Usman Masood:
    Choreographed dance bollywood style ,”It’s a signature of bollywood now world also knows it”, that’s y bollywood dance is getting well recognised in world ….yakeen na ho to YouTube dekh lo……har film industry ke koi khaas baat hote hai ye bollywood ke khas baat hai …..pakistan film industry ke kya khas baat hai Kisko pata?….aur dhoom3 ka dance dekh lo u will like it and that’s called bollywood ….and yes I am proud of it….


  • Dec 27, 2013 - 12:41AM

    Dhoom3 has cross rupees 50 crore in 2 days. Its very nice movie you can watch and download/watch movie screen shot and wallpapers, before its removed best of luck http://movies-ka-hungama.blogspot.com/, and dnt forget to share this nice info with yours friends this is very nice gift for free, enjoyRecommend

  • Abhijit Routh
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:52AM

    i want to watch a pakistani movie……..where i can find it?


  • omer gujar
    Jan 7, 2014 - 10:03PM

    dhoom 3 bakwas movie no comparison with waarRecommend

  • Indian
    Jan 11, 2014 - 6:42PM

    Pakistan will always be a Hypocrite Nation. Even after 100 years from now.


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