Shah Rukh Khan-starring blockbuster “Jawan” scored a $62.7 million worldwide weekend, making it the second highest grossing film in the world after “The Nun II” ($85.3 million), according to provisional numbers released by ComScore.
“The Equalizer 3,” starring Denzel Washington was third with $23.6 million, according to ComScore.
“Jawan,” featuring Khan in a dual role as a father and son who set out to rectify corruption in Indian society, opened on Sept. 7 and shattered the star’s own Bollywood opening day record. Its Hindi-language version grossed $9.4 million in India, with a further $1.3 million from Tamil and Telugu-language dubbed versions, according to data from producer Red Chillies Entertainment. Khan’s “Pathaan,” which released in January, was the previous record holder for a Hindi-language film, grossing $8.32 million in India and a further $4.5 million in overseas territories on its first day in cinemas, for a worldwide gross total of $12.7 million.
In the U.S., ComScore data shows “Jawan” collected $6.2 million in its opening weekend, making it the fourth highest grosser. In India, it earned $29.5 million making it the top grosser in the country.
“Jawan” is the fourth highest grossing Indian film of the year so far, behind “Pathaan” ($130 million), Sunny Deol’s “Gadar 2” ($81 million) and Rajinikanth’s “Jailer” ($76.6 million).
With no major releases scheduled for the near future, “Jawan” looks set to retain its momentum in India.
However, “Jawan” could not beat the Imax format record set by “Pathaan.” With $2.4 million of worldwide Imax box office “Jawan” became the format’s second-best global opening weekend for an Indian title after “Pathaan.” Within India, “Jawan” earned $820,000 from 26 screens, Imax’s second-best opening weekend ever in the market for an Indian title and its fifth best opening weekend for any title. In North America, “Jawan” scored $1.1 million of Imax box office, which is that market’s third best opening weekend for an Indian film.