The wait was worth it for Padmaavat, which just had the best opening weekend for a Bollywood film in North America, dethroning 2014’s PK ($3.6 million). From January 26-28, 2018, Padmaavat earned $4,430,255 from 326 theaters ($13,590 average), based on figures provided to Gitesh Pandya by the film’s distributor, Viva Entertainment. That’s the second best international opening weekend for a Bollywood movie, behind 2016’s Sultan, according to Bollywood Hungama. Adding in the $507,266 from the 295 US theaters that carried the movie on Thursday, January 25, Padmaavat‘s total already stands at $4,937,521.
Final figures for all films aren’t in yet, but Padmaavat‘s per-screen average earnings are more than double those of any other movie showing in North America over the weekend, based on Box Office Mojo’s estimates. Padmaavat is also poised to finish in third place at the global box office, according to Variety. That’s a helluva weekend for a movie that some factions hoped would never see the light of day.
Other Hindi movies showing in North America this weekend:
- Tiger Zinda Hai: Week 6; $14,004 from twelve theaters; $1,167 average; $5,920,011 total
- Mukkabaaz: Week 3; $24 from one theater; $75,884 total
Sources: Box Office Mojo, Gitesh Pandya, Variety, and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama
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