Tickets for Shah Rukh Khan’s comeback vehicle, ‘Pathaan’, are selling out fast in several parts of India, with the film registering record advance sales for the year. According to industry tracker Sacnilk, the film has sold tickets worth more than Rs 23 crore for day one, and worth Rs 13.3 crore for day two. Other days account for Rs 13.9 crore, with total pre-sales coming in at over Rs 50 crore. The film is releasing in over 100 countries.
Advanced bookings for ‘Pathaan’ started on January 20, and the film has already sold over 4 lakh tickets for day one alone. According to trade expert Taran Adarsh, national multiplex chains like PVR, INOX and Cinepolis have accounted for 4.19 lakh tickets for day one, which is the biggest for 2023 so far, and the third-biggest of all time.
The advance sales for ‘Pathaan’ are higher than Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s ‘War’ (2019), which was ‘Pathaan’ director Siddharth Anand’s last film, and Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif’s ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ (2018). It trails only the Hindi dubbed versions of ‘Baahubali 2’ and ‘KGF: Chapter 2’.
Pathaan will release in more than 100 countries, the highest for any Indian film ever. The buzz for the film is high as the audience is looking forward Shah Rukh Khan’s return to the big screen after a gap of over four years. With the unprecedented hype that the film is carrying, it is expected to open on a grand note at the box office, and early predictions by trade experts suggest that the first day box office collection of Pathaan could cross Rs 40 crore.
British film board gives 12A rating to ‘Pathaan’
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has given the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Pathaan’ a 12A rating. The organization’s website also reveals a few spoilers from the action film’s plot regarding violence, sex and threats.
It writes that the film is about an undercover cop and an ex-con working together “to prevent the release of a deadly synthetic virus”. The Siddharth Anand film, also starring Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, is releasing on January 25.
The action film, which has a running time of 146 minutes, has a warning for injury detail, sex, threat and horror, and violence on the BBFC website. Under injury detail, the BBFC warns, “There is occasional sight of bloody facial injuries and also blood from a gunshot wound in the aftermath of violence.”