Karan Johar’s latest directorial venture, “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani,” has had a promising start at the box office, grossing approximately Rs 85-86 crores globally over its first weekend. The Indian market contributed around Rs 44.50 crores nett, while the overseas market brought in around 4 million dollars (Rs 32-33 crores gross).
These numbers make “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani” the fourth highest first weekend opener of 2023 for a Hindi origin film, trailing behind “Pathaan,” “Adipurush,” and “Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan.” The film’s performance was boosted by corporate bookings in the domestic market, pushing its numbers closer to the Rs 45 crore mark.
Although the film’s success will be truly tested starting Monday, it has been receiving positive word of mouth in urban centers, indicating a strong growing trajectory. While its opening day numbers were average, it is worth noting that post-pandemic scenarios have shown films performing better in the long run.
To be considered a successful venture, “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani” aims to achieve approximately 12-13 times its opening day earnings in India and close to 10 million dollars internationally. The ideal target is to reach a global business of around Rs 250 crores gross, which would provide the producers with a theatrical share of close to Rs 100 crores.
Breaking down the specific day-wise nett India collections, the film earned Rs 10.50 crores on Thursday, Rs 15.50 crores on Saturday, and Rs 18.50 crores on Sunday.
“Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani” tells the story of a love affair between Rocky, a flamboyant Punjabi, and Rani, an intellectual Bengali journalist. Their journey is met with opposition from their families, which leads them to live with each other’s families for three months before getting married.
Movie enthusiasts can catch “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani” currently playing at theaters. With a promising start at the box office and positive buzz, it will be interesting to see how the film performs in the coming weeks.
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