Jai Ho – Biggest weekend gross for a non-festive Salman release
Eros International Media Limited (Eros International), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, has announced a strong opening weekend for Jai Ho at the box office with an impressive Rs. 101.26 crore gross worldwide, despite a non holiday weekend. Produced by Eros International and Sohail Khan Productionz, the Salman Khan starrer released across approximately 5000 screens worldwide on January 24th, 2014.
Salman mania once again drove audiences to the ticket counters during the opening weekend and amassed a significant Rs. 78.90 crores gross (Rs. 60.68 crore nett) in India and 22.36 crore (US$ 3.55 million) overseas. At the domestic box office, the film opened Rs. 17.75 crore on Friday followed by Rs. 16.68 crore on Saturday. With fantastic word of mouth, the film’s collections showed a massive jump of 64% on Sunday garnering an attractive Rs. 26.25 crore at the domestic BO office.
Speaking on the film opening, Nandu Ahuja, Sr. VP, India Theatrical, Eros International Media Limited said, “Salman fans have given a huge thumbs up to Jai Ho. The film is packed with Salman style action along with the emotion and message of the human chain of goodness and it has touched the right chord with his fans. This is an outstanding opening and his highest where we didn’t have the added advantage of a long weekend”.
Pranab Kapadia, President, Marketing & Distribution, Eros International plc added, “With January usually being a slow start in the overseas markets, the overseas weekend for Jai Ho was excellent .This also being a non holiday period reflects very well on the film’s opening. It is trending at a similar or better level compared to recent Salman blockbusters”.
Jai Ho earned rave reviews from leading critics including Times of India calling it, “The film has the heart and the haath in the right place” (*** ½ stars) and Taran Adarsh on bollywoodhungama.com declaring it as a, “A sure shot winner, it easily ranks amongst Salman’s better films. This one has the potential to emerge a Blockbuster at the box office.” (**** ½ stars)
Directed by Sohail Khan, Jai Ho also stars Tabu, Daisy Shah and Danny Denzongpa in important roles.