Box office banged: Hrithik beats Shaan on home soil

Published: October 7, 2014
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Hrithik beats Shaan on home soil

Hrithik beats Shaan on home soil

KARACHI: If pre-eid predictions were to be believed, the Pakistani box office was supposedly heading towards a box office photo finish with not two but three films going neck-t0-neck against each other in the form of the Indian release Bang Bang and the concurrent Pakistani releases in Operation 021 and Na Maloom Afraad.

But sadly that was not the case as for all the hype and expectation surrounding the release of the Shaan-starrer Operation 021, the film has not received the opening that it was expected to.

The Bollywood release Bang Bang, starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, seems to be ruling the roost after raking in Rs 7,553,196 (Approximately Rs7.6 million) on day one of Eidul Azha. These figures take the total collections of Hrithik starrer to Rs35 million in Pakistan as it has been screening in cinemas since last Thursday.

Not far behind are Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad and Jami’s spy thriller Operation 021, which grossed Rs 5,598,125 (Approximately Rs5.5 million) each on their opening day. Though these figures can be considered respectable, they come as a major surprise considering that Waar, another Shaan-starrer, had earned an estimated Rs11 million on it’s opening day on Eidul Azha last year despite facing stiff competition from a major Bollywood release in the form of the Akshay Kumar’s Boss.

However, Na Maloom Afraad is the real game-changer here as the film has literally shaken up the box office by coming neck-to-neck with Operation 021. It started off as being a film heavily dependent upon the footfall in multiplexes but the housefulls at multiplexes suggest that it is slowly starting to get its specific audience.

The comedy film released under the banner of Filmwala Pictures has exceeded expectations and collected Rs4.5 million; thus, making this triple threat at the Pakistani box office more interesting.

Though what the producers of Na Maloom Afraad should be really excited about is the fact that single-screen cinema owners are opting to screen the comedy in place of Operation 021. A major reason for this change can be attributed to the comic content of the film compared to the action-thriller which is predominantly in English, causing a language barrier for the average cinema going audience.

According to sources, multiplex owners are also showing more interest in giving preference to the comedy film but are unable to do so due to advance bookings for Operation 021.

Last but not the least is Fawad Khan’s Khoobsurat that was released on a very limited number of screens and yet managed to generate Rs1.2 million on the first day of Eid.

Having said that, the second day of Eid is expected to be stronger in numbers as most of the people were busy sacrificing animals on the first day.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Maazrat ke saath
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:27PM

    Bang Bang has outdone Haider in India, which is definitely a better movie. That says something for our tastes in cinema which are become mass-oriented rather than content-oriented.

    It seems to be ticking all the right points for a subcontinental audience.

    Or maybe, Pakistanis want respite from everyday strife rather than watching a simulated version of what’s happening on the streets.

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  • Animal Farm
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:47PM

    Not sure about Operation 021,but Bang Bang is a huge waste of time,money and intellect…I wish Indian audiences start rejecting such movies and we produce better movies

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  • Blue jersey
    Oct 7, 2014 - 9:05PM

    It’s not fair comparing hrithik with shaan. The former is a big budget movie with internationally acclaimed stars whereas the latter is a low budget movie with an ageless (576 movies) talented actor.

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  • Dishum
    Oct 8, 2014 - 12:02AM

    “Fawad Khan’s Khoobsurat”

    Move over Anil Kapoor and Disney, your hired hand has proclaimed himself the malik.

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  • rija
    Oct 8, 2014 - 12:18AM

    It aches my heart to see their movies doing better on our soil why because people for their mere entertainment would opt for an average indian movie over a good Pakistani movie.I request all of you to go and see operation 021.If we are not willing to back up the revival of our own movies then who will?

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  • Haider
    Oct 8, 2014 - 12:19AM

    021 did very well seeing the type of movie it was…Audience of Bang Bang was reserved as before…But people who wanted to see Pakistani films got divided between 021 and Na Maloom Afraad…
    Waar did 11 million bcz all shows were given to waar.This time 021 and NMA hardly had 1 show or max 2 show each at every cinemaRecommend

  • Zeeshan
    Oct 8, 2014 - 10:58AM

    hahaha when some cinema owners give more shows to bang bang then this must be happened sozoworld cinema not given one show to Nma and 021 in their main cinema they give only 2 shows to these movies in sozogold cinema and give all major shows to bang bang.

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  • Sneha
    Oct 8, 2014 - 12:05PM

    No difference between indian and Pakistani audience they reject good movies like Haider, indian movie ship of Theseus,dedh Ishqiyaa, naa Mallom afraad but watch bang bang and all Salman movies. Money/star power over content. This discourages people from making soulful movies in india as they are made fun off and called flops while once that make 200crore are stars. Guess the trend is not limited to india Alone.

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  • Stranger
    Oct 8, 2014 - 1:19PM

    Nice to hear U like OUR movies.

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  • TruthTeller
    Oct 8, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Movies are for entertainment. If I need to check my IQ, I’ll take a free online test. Why waste money on a movie?

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  • Raj
    Oct 8, 2014 - 5:24PM

    This doesn’t make sense. Waar was completely in English – almost all spoken dialogue was in English. Unlike 021 where a significant chunk of the movie is NOT in English. Yet Waar was a superhit in Pakistan.

    So was Waar that good that people were mesmerized enough to not notice that the dialogues were in English?

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  • sajida
    Oct 8, 2014 - 10:26PM

    021 is technically very good but Waar had a superior story line and more relavent to the situation in Pakistan therefore it was appreciated more.I think the movies produced locally deserve more screens and should be given a headstart specially on festive occasions.

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  • awaam
    Oct 9, 2014 - 12:49AM

    I guess u need to recheck this story, all other sources are putting o21 in the 1st position followed by NMA. Bang Bang has been left far behind on all eid days

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  • Disgrunted
    Oct 9, 2014 - 1:04PM

    Absolutely rubbish news with NO relationship to reality. Express Tribune continues to belittle their credibility.

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