'Pathaan' sets new record: Exhibitors add 300 shows after first screening

With 8,000 screens, 'Pathaan' has all-time highest screen count for Hindi films

PTI01_25_2023_000146A Fans of Bollywood of actor Shah Rukh Khan celebrate the release of his movie 'Pathaan' | PTI

It looks like Bollywood and theatre owners finally got the big release they have been waiting for. Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone's Pathaan, which hit the big screens on Wednesday, has been receiving rave reviews from fans. The film, directed by Siddharth Anand, has taken the box office by storm.

In an unprecedented move, exhibitors have added 300 more shows after the terrific opening, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on social media.

According to reports, Pathaan, showing now on 8,000 screens in over 100 countries, has set a record. "Unprecedented: Pathaan shows increased, screen count all-time highest (Hindi)," tweeted Taran Adarsh, "Pathaan has taken BO by storm. 300 shows increased by exhibitors right after first show. Total screen count is now 8,000 screens worldwide. India: 5,500 screens , overseas: 2,500 screens,” Taran Adarsh tweeted.

The film also features John Abraham in a pivotal role.

Pathaan sold 5.5 lakh tickets for its first day in advance booking. The record (for Hindi and Hindi-dubbed films) is held by Baahubali: The Conclusion, NDTV reported.

The film opened in theatres in the backdrop of protests and boycott calls by right-wing organisations over the song 'Besharam Rang'. Pathaan, backed by Yash Raj Films', features Shah Rukh Khan in his first lead role since 2018's Zero.