In less than 48 hours, the Shah Rukh Khan- starrer ‘Pathaan’ will be out in cinemas and the excitement is at its peak. The advance ticket sales have spread cheer and the industry and trade are already in celebration mode. The demand for tickets is so high that several theatres have decided to play shows from 6:00 am onwards. And even these early morning shows are fast-filling.
PVR has crossed 1.5 lacs ticket sales for day one and BookMyShow app has created record with 6.40 lacs likes for the film which is highest ever.
It has now emerged that the Cinepolis chain has done the unthinkable. Believe it or not, two of its theatres are going to play more than 60 shows in a day of ‘Pathaan’!
Cinepolis Seasons Mall in Pune is a 15-screen multiplex and it’s playing as many as 62 shows! While 46 shows will be played in the normal screens, 10 will be played in the luxurious VIP screens. The remaining 6 shows will be shown in the 4DX screen.
As for the 14-screen Cinepolis Viviana Mall in Thane, near Mumbai, 7 shows of ‘Pathaan’ will be played in the IMAX screen and 15 shows in the VIP screens. The rest of the 37 shows will be played in the normal screens. This means that this property will play as many as 59 shows of ‘Pathaan’ in a single day. Trade experts feel that at least for a Hindi film, this is a record.
Devang Sampat, CEO, Cinepolis India told, “In the Pune property, we are playing ‘Pathaan’ in 14 out of 15 screens and in Thane, we are playing the film in around 12 out of 14 screens.”
With so many shows in a day, there’s only a gap of 15 minutes between screenings. Not just that, there’ll be times in the day when two screens will play the film at the same time. Yet, Devang Sampat is unfazed and is confident that audiences will flock to the cinemas, based on the advance booking. He said, “We expect 100% occupancy in these theatres for ‘Pathaan’ on January 25 as well as on January 26.”
SRK’s ‘Pathaan’ will be highest Bollywood opener ever on non holiday and it might challenge ‘KGF 2’ and ‘Bahubali 2’ numbers by Tuesday night.
Film is huge in overseas too and should open close to 6-8 million $ day one. First day worldwide gross should be around 90-100 cr depending upon how fast ticket sales happen on Tuesday. But domestic 50 cr plus gross is almost certain. 26th January will be riot at box office with 50 cr nett is for the taking.
Box office juggernaut is coming and the name is SRK!
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