By Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama News Network
SINGH IS KINNG is ruling the hearts. In India. In U.K. In America. In Gulf. In Australia. And also Pakistan. Here's the proof. First, let's have a look at the day-wise collections in Pakistan:-
Friday: 9,39,748; Saturday: 18,20,881; Sunday: 21,70,047; Monday: 13,10,783; Total: 62,41,459.
According to the distributor in Pakistan, the delay of prints caused:
* Loss of around 25 to 30 lakh rupees of business on Friday ALONE, as it did not play in several cities. Friday is a holiday in Pakistan and in most cities, the only day off for people.
* The film could have done a business of over 1 crore in the first week alone.
"In Lahore, we tried to control the panic at least by circulating the print in 4 cinemas, using the only print (censor print) we had," the distributor adds.
The Gross figures between Friday, 8th August till close of Monday, 11th August:
DHA 15,83,585, Sozo 7,54,710, Plaza 4,54,500, Prince 4,30,070, Tarranum 50,000 - Fixed Hire for a week. Started playing from Saturday. Suburb cinema.
No shows at 3 pm and 6 pm on Friday. Thousands of people returned disappointed. Prince 1,44,050, Zinco Palace 2,93,935.
No shows at 3 pm and 6 pm on Friday.
Gross figures between Saturday, 9th August till close of Monday, 11th August for the remaining cities where the movie did not play on Friday, 8th August:
Nishat 7,20,050, Cineplex 1,23,200 - they played 1 show only on Sat, Sun and Mon and will probably play one show a day until Thursday, 14th August. They had to go for an alternate schedule and will now play movie from 15th onwards.
New Majestic 2,01,289
Taj Mahal 5,70,000
Distributor's comment:- There is a sharp drop in the figures on Monday due to torrential rains across Punjab and other areas of Pakistan from Sunday, 10th August night onwards. The good thing is that these figures, despite the mishap of Friday and rains in Punjab on Sunday night onwards, has sent shockwaves in the Pakistani Cinema Industry, as it has proved to be one of the biggest openings ever. Imagine what the business would have been if we had multiplexes in Pakistan.