Projections actually underestimated the strength of Shah Rukh Khan’s Jawan in its sixth week of release, even though the blockbuster has been defying expectations from the day it opened. While it was initially reported that the film’s day 40 nett total across India was Rs 60 lakh, the number has now been revised to Rs 77 lakh by industry tracker Sacnilk. On day 41 of release, Jawan is said to have made roughly the same amount.
This takes the film’s lifetime domestic total to Rs 637 crore, which means that it is roughly Rs 5 crore shy of creating a Rs 100 gap between itself and the second-biggest Bollywood movie of all time, Shah Rukh’s own Pathaan. What this also means is that Jawan’s ultimate record will be a difficult on to break for future contenders.
The film has a string of box office records to its name; it delivered the top opening day, top opening weekend, and top opening week in Hindi movie history. Additionally, Jawan also became the first Hindi film to pass Rs 600 crore domestically, and the fastest to pass the Rs 100 crore, Rs 200 crore, Rs 300 crore, Rs 400 crore and Rs 500 crore marks. Minus Dangal’s disproportionally large collections in China, it’s the biggest Hindi film ever by every metric.
But because Dangal did as well as it did in China, it’s still the top-grossing Indian and Bollywood film worldwide. Jawan is approaching the Rs 1140 mark globally, which puts it roughly Rs 90 crore ahead of Pathaan, and around Rs 75 crore shy of KGF: Chapter 2 on the all-time list. Directed by Atlee and co-starring Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi, Jawan is currently the fifth-biggest Indian film in history at the global box office, behind KGF 2, RRR, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and Dangal.
Over the course of its run, it has braved challenges of all shapes and sizes, but it finally seems like the time has come for it to pass over the baton to the next big Bollywood hit, and to relinquish the minimal foothold that it had in the South markets. This week will see the release of Ganapath and Leo, which are expected to dominate their respective regions. But Jawan’s contribution, along with Pathaan and Gadar 2, in bringing audiences back to theatres after the pandemic period will go down in history.