Happy New Year got off to a roaring start in its first weekend in North American theaters. From October 24-26, 2014 — plus some Thursday night preview showings — Happy New Year earned $2,076,873 from 280 theaters ($7,417 average per screen). That’s the biggest opening weekend performance of the year by a wide margin over second place Bang Bang, which earned $1,410,383 from 292 theaters.
However, Happy New Year‘s opening weekend earnings fall short of Shahrukh Khan’s biggest ever opening weekend in the United States and Canada. That honor goes to last year’s Chennai Express — also co-starring Deepika Padukone — which earned $2,416,213 from 196 theaters.
Among the three films Khan and Padukone have starred in together, Happy New Year ranks third in terms of per-screen average in North America. Its $7,417 ranks behind Chennai Express ($12,328) which ranks behind 2007’s Om Shanti Om ($15,474). Yet Happy New Year‘s average is still high enough to rank third for this year, behind only The Lunchbox and 2 States.
Other Hindi movies showing in North American theaters over the weekend include:
- Bang Bang: Week 4; $19,536 from 20 theaters; $977 average; $2,578,746 total
- Haider: Week 4; $3,326 from six theaters; $554 average; $1,036,098 total
- The Lunchbox: Week 35; $160 from one theater; $4,050,393
Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama