Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd reports that Happy New Year, the latest film from global superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has earned a record-breaking $10.5 million on its opening day. That's the highest opening-day tally the Indian box office has ever seen.
"We are delighted that the audience across India has responded brilliantly and shown their support for a film that has been produced with a lot of passion and love," says Venky Mysore, CEO of Red Chillies.
Happy New Year is currently playing in North America as well. The film is expected to pass Bang Bang as the highest grossing Indian film to play in North America this year.
Bang Bang is the highest grossing Bollywood film of the year in North America. The film surpassed the $2.47 million cume earned by Kick in only its third weekend of release. Bang Bang has grossed a total of $2.56 million from 100 theatres in North America. The film continues to lead the market in India, adding $1.2 million from 1,200 screens in its third frame to reach a $32.5 million cume in its home nation. The UAE is currently reporting a $3.2 million cume while Bang Bang continues to be the second biggest Bollywood hit of the year in the UK with a $1.8 million total. The film has grossed a total of $45.7 million across 7 markets outside of North America.
Bang Bang posted the second biggest weekend in 2014 after grossing $3.53 million from 2,500 screens. The film remained on the top spot, edging out the successful debut of Annabelle in the market. Bang Bang has grossed a total of $29.5 million in India and $35.8 million worldwide.
Annabelle became the #1 film in India over the weekend with a $1.3 million debut from 485k admissions. The horror film played at 218 screens in the country and ranked second overall behind holdover Bollywood hit Bang Bang. Annabelle has grossed $60.3 million overseas and $122.4 million globally.
Bang Bang took the world by storm in its opening weekend, claiming a $25.4 million global haul. The film played across 4,200 screens in India, claiming the top spot with a big $19.3 million tally to become the #3 non-franchise opener in box office history. The film scored the highest Bollywood opening weekend of the year in North America ($1.34M, 271 Screens) and the UK ($922k, 116 Screens). The United Arab Emirates recorded the third highest opening of all time for a Bollywood release with a $1.81 million take from only 44 screens.