Dhoom 3 sets new record in first-week collections, beating Waar

Published: December 27, 2013


KARACHI: If Waar was called the “unstoppable” film at the box office then Dhoom 3 will be the “invincible” one as it has achieved most of the milestones in half the time.

It started off with the highest first day collections but now Dhoom 3 has set a new record of having the biggest first-week box office collection by any film in Pakistan. In seven days, Dhoom 3 managed to gather a total of around Rs123 million. The previous record holder for first week collections was Waar with a nine-day collection of Rs95 million.

Given that another weekend is in sight and winter vacations are underway, the film is expected to earn a total of Rs250 million in Pakistan. This will make Dhoom 3 the highest-grossing film in the history of Pakistani box office, beating Waar’s total business of around Rs220 million as of December 25.

Into its 44th day in cinemas, Waar is still playing with limited number of shows at Atrium Cinema, Karachi and Centaurus Cinema, Islamabad. However, that will most likely not have a big impact on its present total collection.

Additionally, due to a petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC), the Central Board Film Censorship (CBFC) has been given a stay order and there are contentions about the issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) to smuggled Indian films. If there is a decrease in Indian films being imported into Pakistan in the imminent future, Dhoom 3 will likely stay on the screens longer. This in turn could lead Dhoom 3 to become the first film to achieve the Rs300 million milestone.

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  • junoon
    Dec 27, 2013 - 5:26PM

    ispr funded/release in holidays/inject patriotism/anti india etc many cards u played but beta waar Baap baap hota hai………Recommend

  • Someone
    Dec 27, 2013 - 6:05PM

    The comparison is really dumb, I don’t know what the writer is trying to prove. Waar was a record-breaking movie for Pakistani standards, and it only gets better from here. i don’t know what the writer wants to say by bringing in Indian movies for comparison.


  • S
    Dec 27, 2013 - 6:06PM

    shame on tribune. This sort of reporting will only make resolve of people like me even stronger.


  • harsh
    Dec 27, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Dhoom 3 beating waar in its own denRecommend

  • oton
    Dec 27, 2013 - 6:13PM

    indian action movies are usually crass, i don’t understand why so many people watch that!Recommend

  • harsh
    Dec 27, 2013 - 6:14PM

    They like to watch it which the box office collection proves but are hypocritical here in the comment section. Just admit waar is beaten badly and move on and enjoy Recommend

  • Umer
    Dec 27, 2013 - 6:24PM

    Comparing apple to mangoes?

    Does writer even knows budget of both films? Recommend

  • Dec 27, 2013 - 6:38PM

    Why WAAR is being compared to Dhoom 3 in the first place?Look at the budget of both the films, seriously?Recommend

  • Lala Gee
    Dec 27, 2013 - 6:57PM


    Yeah, we know Dhoom-3 has already beaten the “Avatar’s $2,782,275,172”record. So please don’t bother us again. Thanks for your uncalled for efforts to educate us poorly informed Pakistani.Recommend

  • anjum
    Dec 27, 2013 - 7:15PM

    so netorious logics and the writer is actualy not a writer he is rebell in the form of jurnalistRecommend

  • AK
    Dec 27, 2013 - 7:40PM

    There is no need to compare both keeping in view the budget, markets.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 27, 2013 - 7:44PM

    even you don’t understand why you like people don’t watch!!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Zubair
    Dec 27, 2013 - 7:45PM

    The writer must show the both frame of references. Here, in Pakistan, the Waar has played vital role to encourage the revival of Pakistani Cinemas. In addition with that, people in my social circle are ranking the WAAR higher than DHOOM 3. No doubt Dhoom 3 is an out standing film but it is not comparative to the Waar. Another captivating reason of people’s mind towards Dhoom 3 is its cast, Imran Khan is one of the most successful actor of this time and people expect perfection and enthusiastic performance in his every film, which he no doubt has proven in his films like Ghajni, 3 Idiots, Taray Zameen Per, etc. So majority of the audience are there just because of Imran Khan. It has nothing to do with the film, so far.
    It would not the wrong if i say that comparison must be between stories and directions.

    Also we should not forget the budget of both films.Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    Dec 27, 2013 - 7:50PM

    If this is journalism, it is abysmal.


  • PakPower
    Dec 27, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Dhoom 3, just you wait for Waar 2. :D
    Btw, this film is one big plothole, you can’t compare it with Waar in any sense.


  • optimist
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:00PM

    Lollywood rocks!
    Being compared with mega budget Bollywood is a proof that we are not midgets!


  • Takloo
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:05PM

    Waar is way better than crappy movie like Dhoom-3…and being a Paki we are proud on that achievement….u can go and watch useless dhoom-3 funded by underworld


  • Shah
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:08PM

    compare dhoom-3 with Dark Night or The Avengers….and then say k baap baap hota hai….


  • Raj - USA
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:12PM

    I was expecting much more from Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3 and am disappointed. Average type of movie.
    Waar was supposed to be released in USA, UK and UAE on Dec. 11. Though they released in in UAE on Dec. 11, it has not yet been released in USA and there is no news on this. This is my another disappointment. Still waiting to see Waar.


  • Bilal Lashari
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:17PM

    This is sad. Really sad.


  • naeem khan
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:31PM

    only people in India and Pakistan has the stomach to bear trash like Dhoom 3


  • Lala Gee
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:54PM

    Doom-3 running successfully only because Pakistanis wanted to see for themself how trash the movie is! Waar-2 will beat Doom-3…wait and watch!


  • Ricky
    Dec 27, 2013 - 8:57PM

    @Muhammad Zubair:
    imran Khan LOL ,I think you are so obsessed with pti.


  • MA
    Dec 27, 2013 - 9:00PM

    @naeem khan:
    and UK!! oh! and USA too..


  • 1984
    Dec 27, 2013 - 9:34PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Which part of USA are u living ???
    It was released in many AMC,Regal and Big Cinemas last week itself and I saw it on the first day…

    Worst 3 hrs of my life :(


  • Last Word
    Dec 27, 2013 - 9:37PM

    ‘Incredible India’ wins on Pakistan home turf yet again.


  • 1984
    Dec 27, 2013 - 9:41PM

    C’mon Pakistanis…. Be brave to accept that u like to watch the same crap we Indians watch…

    U call Bollywood as crap every time a news item comes and say how Waar was better but still a Bollywood movie beat ur Magnum Opus Waar in Pakistan itself…..

    U r like a man who loudly states that the current TV programmes are full of vulgarity and then go home and watch porn….


  • 1984
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:02PM

    @Lala Gee:
    Doom-3 running successfully only because Pakistanis wanted to see for themself how trash the movie is!

    Shahid Afridi was right…Pakistanis do have big heart…. They are ready to spend 100 ruppees to see trash in theatres


  • sajid
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Fantastic movie of Aamir khan,simply superb stunts,a must watch.


  • fasi
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:14PM

    Good movie to watch……


  • Joe
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:19PM

    @Lala Gee:
    Waar is a most worst cinema and it might be the best according to pakistani standard.


  • Saad Durrani
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:47PM

    Waar was an English movie which was released on lesser screen than this bollycrap.


  • aditya
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:56PM

    pakistanis u people dont have slightest of guts to accept dat d3 is far better than crappy war and the evidence is ur owm people fools. may allah/bhagwan have mercy on u people


  • Raj - USA
    Dec 27, 2013 - 11:01PM

    I am in Los Angeles. I watched Dhoom 3 last week in Regal but did not see Waar screened there. I just checked AMC, Regal and Big Cinemas and do not see Waar showtimes. I Checked IMDb also and it does not show any release date for Waar in USA. Do not know if I missed it last week and it is out of the screens now.

    Good or bad, I would still like to see it. I see almost all Indian movies and any Pakistani movie that is screened.

    If you can find any theater in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

    Many thank to you in advance.


  • Stone
    Dec 27, 2013 - 11:14PM

    @Joe: yea i can understand u didnt understand waar taking your poor english in account!!


  • Attock2SanFrancisco
    Dec 27, 2013 - 11:23PM

    Movie is breaking earning records and its media coverage is breaking my head…..


  • jamsheed ahmed
    Dec 27, 2013 - 11:48PM

    Its a average movie.we are expected more with ammir khan.


  • Dec 27, 2013 - 11:51PM

    We are expected more with Ammir khan movies but this was a average movie.


  • optimist
    Dec 28, 2013 - 12:18AM

    @ 1984
    I don’t know why Raj USA wasted time to verify your ‘facts’.
    Your name (1984) is aptly chosen as you are as bad at lying as despotic communist propaganda machine in novel 1984.


  • 1984
    Dec 28, 2013 - 12:43AM

    Cool bro,I’m an Indian and I still find D3 total crap and in fact most of the movies released this year was crap…. The only exceptions being Lunchbox,Ship of Thesus and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

    I’m sorry I misread your comment….I’ve not seen any promos for Waar yet and I doubt it might release as the Pakistani population in USA is less than UK …Maybe they might be screened in Houston


  • Spock
    Dec 28, 2013 - 12:43AM

    For the people bashing ET to report this news, do you want this newspaper to stop posting facts?
    I mean it would be wrong if ET reported that Waar still made more money when it didnt.

    Reporting of facts is what newspaper do, they dont work on your whims and fancies.

    You people should not have watched Dhoom in such a great numbers to make it a bigger hit, why blame ET for your actions.


  • karan
    Dec 28, 2013 - 1:15AM

    Dhoom3 is really superb, thats why with in a week it has collected 300 crores and still counting on the figures


  • Hamza
    Dec 28, 2013 - 1:51AM

    I am gonna make a movie about a police on Motorcycles, cast some plastic doll girl, make here do some provocative songs, get a really intelligent mastermind villain, who uses technology ahead of it’s time, then the villain is trapped by a girl, the police finds the villain.. this is the genuine plot of all the 3 Dhoom movies… Every single thing in this movie, even the title song is the same, even the video songs are the same, if any one thinks that this Dhoom movie is amazing, then he should probably hit himself with an iron rod and die.. seriously..


  • cheetah
    Dec 28, 2013 - 3:04AM

    ISPR is soon going to ban tribune for honest box office coverage


  • fan
    Dec 28, 2013 - 3:05AM

    Express Tribune = Hollywood Reporter of Pakistan = Awesomeness


  • Aaam Insaan
    Dec 28, 2013 - 7:52AM

    Who cares…


  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Dec 28, 2013 - 11:56AM

    Indian movies are Indian movies and Pakistani films can’t compete Indian movies….Recommend

  • lambi judai
    Dec 28, 2013 - 12:21PM

    Katrina is Katrina yaaar…….argument Khatam


  • curious
    Dec 28, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Junoon’s comments got 1110 recommended!?! Who is/are the people who recommended the comment so many times. It must be some kind of a record.Recommend

  • kingafridi
    Dec 28, 2013 - 3:57PM


    can u give fugures of the box office performance of the dark knight or avatar or avengers in pakistan. i don’t think they earned even pkr 5 crores. no one will compare dhoom 3 with waar in India because on Indian box office waar doesn’t even exist. to compare 2 things they must be on the same level.

    some people also giving excuses like the budget of dhoom is higher than waar. yes that’s true. but it still proves that we people love dhoom 3 more than waar.

    shame on us. all bollywood movies must be banned.Recommend

  • kingafridi
    Dec 28, 2013 - 4:00PM

    @Lala Gee:

    thanks for enlightening us with this new information that avatar collected usd 2.7 billion in pakistan box office only. as we r currently discussing here about pakistan’s box office.

    we must thanked hollywood for helping our economy as avatar contributed to about 2% of our gdp in 2009.Recommend

  • kingafridi
    Dec 28, 2013 - 4:05PM


    still we pakistanis are such idiots that we watch such movies. bollywood must be banned in pakistan. it is corrupting our society. Recommend

  • Talk Sense
    Dec 28, 2013 - 4:05PM

    ‘Waar’ has set the standard and now people will naturally go more to cinemas in Pakistan after that..If Bilal Lashari releases something like ‘Waar 2’ it will easily beat Dhoom3’s record…just like ‘Bol’ beat its predecessor “Khuda K liye’s’ record…Recommend

  • Bilal Tariq
    Dec 28, 2013 - 4:29PM

    Well for indian, make a single movie in english and don’t show “SKIN” in it and the i will see how much that movie will earn in 1st week! Lolzz

    Waar is Waar and indian movies are always copy paste of many movies, i think doom 3 is also the same, by trailer i guess it have some part of NOW YOU SEE ME…

    And yeah i don’t know what writer was thinkn when writn this…….. May be some “SKIN” ;)Recommend

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  • polpot
    Dec 28, 2013 - 5:45PM

    Dhoom3 doesnt prove a thing
    Waar is a Big Victory for Pakistan.


  • Nabeel
    Dec 29, 2013 - 9:40AM

    Extremely dragged, incomprehensible action/chase scenes, weak plot, poor chemistry, no transitions between scenes, completely ungripping, and sheer waste of time is what Dhoom 3 is all about. It’s such a shame that out top media group is prmoting such a nonsensical movie (just because it got the movie smuggled uinto Pakistan). Every news hour, the success of this movie is being shown like no movie has been brilliant like it… Truly shameful.
    Even Tom & Jerry cartoons have more logic than Dhoom 3.


  • jssidhoo
    Dec 29, 2013 - 3:32PM

    We Indians and Pakistanis can fight over anything i hope we can agree about things like sunrise and sunset ?


  • Raj - USA
    Dec 29, 2013 - 7:59PM

    “We Indians and Pakistanis can fight over anything i hope we can agree about things like sunrise and sunset ?”

    Sunrise and sunset …..may be. But, cannot agree on moon sightings. Even in Pakistan, not everyone agree on this.


  • np
    Dec 31, 2013 - 2:52AM

    @Umer: “Does writer even knows budget of both films?”

    It is irrelevant. The author is not comparing global collections of Dhoom 3 with Waar or even comparing domestic collections of Waar with domestic collections of Dhoom 3. All Hollywood movies have a higher budget than Waar but do they have greater collections than Waar i Pakistan?

    So many Hollywod movies which have had far greater budgets than Dhoom 3 have not earned even a small fraction of what Dhoom 3 did in India.

    So your point about budget is only related to profitability of a movie which takes into account global collections from all sources including satellite rights, music rights, international screenings, merchandising rights and so on.


  • thaps
    Jan 4, 2014 - 4:44PM

    Doom3 without Aamir khan wouldn’t have achieved such success. Script don’t make any sense. Doom 3 is hit at box office because of Aamir khans fan followings.


  • Ghulam Ali
    Jan 19, 2014 - 10:27PM

    Dhoom3 is useless movie. I think dhoom2 was better.


  • Khan
    Jan 20, 2014 - 6:11PM

    @Muhammad Zubair: Its Aamir Khan .. not Imran KhanRecommend

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