Sultan is an Indian Bollywood film starring Salman Khan released in Pakistan on Eidul Fitr on 6th July 2016. Bollywood films are widely viewed in Pakistan especially the one starring any of the Bollywood’s Khan.
Following the rule of demand and supply, due to its high demand the film was supplied with the maximum number of shows through out Pakistan in the provinces of Sindh, Punjab and the federal capital Islamabad which is the main circuit for the Bollywood films. The film is also released in Balochistan (Quetta) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar), where normally Indian Bollywood and locally made Urdu films are not released and only Pashto films are released.
Two Urdu films Blind Love and Swaal 700 Crore Dollar Ka (SSCDK) were announced to be released on Eidul Fitr, however seeing the preference of cinema owners (also the cine goers) the producers of Blind Love had delayed their film while the other film SSCDK was given very few shows by the cinema owners and thus it paved the way for maximum number of shows reserved to Bollywood’s Sultan.
The cine goers has not disappointed the cinema owners and appeared in huge numbers to prove that cinema owners were right in preferring Sultan over any other film. As expected the film has earned huge on all the three Eid Days, but its earnings have exceeded all the expectations. The film has crossed the 10 crore mark in just three days, the fastest for any film on Pakistani box office. After breaking the all time record of highest weekend collections the film has also kicked out many previous records one by one. The most prominent record it has made is of the highest ever grossing Indian Bollywood film in Pakistan.
On Friday 15th July 2016 the collections of the film reached 25.08 crore rupees, surpassing the previous record of 25.05 crore of Dhoom 3 released in 2013. (Source: http://boxofficedetail.com/view_post.php?value=6976). Till Sunday 17th July 2016, the film has collected 28 crore rupees and is still pulling crowds to the cinemas. Seeing all this it is favorable to say that it will be the first Indian Bollywood film to cross the landmark of 30 crore rupees before the upcoming weekend (Source: http://boxofficedetail.com/view_post.php?value=6978).
The top all time opening weekends in Pakistan are as follows with the distributor names in (parenthesis), Sultan leads all the films by huge margins. Out of the five top films three are Indian Bollywood films released within a time frame of six months depicting the constantly improving business of the Indian Bollywood films in Pakistan (Source: http://boxofficedetail.com/view_post.php?value=6937)
Sultan (Geo Films).. 11.2cr in July 2016
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (ARY Films).. 7.83cr in September 2015
Furious 7 (Foor Print).. 7.48cr in April 2015
FAN (Geo Films).. 6.5cr in April 2016
Dilwale (Eveready).. 6.42cr in December 2015
The top all time single day earning for a film in Pakistan where a film has earned equal to or more than 2 crores. Sultan is again leading here by capturing the top five slots. It made the record of highest collection in a single day on first day of its release and improved it further on day two, three and four. (Source: http://boxofficedetail.com/view_post.php?value=6955)
Sultan (Day Two).. 4cr in July 2016
Sultan (Day Four).. 3.7cr in July 2016
Sultan (Day Three).. 3.6cr in July 2016
Sultan (Day One).. 3.5cr in July 2016
Sultan (Day Five).. 2.9cr in July 2016
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (Day Three).. 2.7cr in September 2015
Furious 7 (Day One).. 2.69cr in April 2015
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (Day Two).. 2.68cr in September 2015
Furious 7 (Day Two).. 2.45cr in April 2015
Furious 7 (Day Three).. 2.34cr in April 2015
FAN (Day Two).. 2.32cr in April 2016
Dilwale (Day Two).. 2.25cr in December 2016
Dhoom 3 (Day Two).. 2.18cr in December 2013
FAN (Day One).. 2.15cr in April 2016
Dilwale (Day One).. 2.12cr in December 2015
Dhoom 3 (Day One).. 2.11cr in December 2013
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (Day One).. 2.07cr in September 2015
Dilwale (Day Three).. 2.05cr in December 2015
FAN (Day Three).. 2.03cr in April 2016
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (Day Four).. 2cr in September 2015
Acknowledgement: All the collections and figures posted are taken from www.boxofficedetail.com an independent website which monitors the box office collections in Pakistan.
Rashid Nazir Ali