2018 turned out to be one of the best years for Pakistani cinema with new records being made by multiple films. Superstar Ali Zafar’s Teefa In Trouble emerged as the highest grossing non Holiday release for Pakistani films. Whereas powerhouse Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Parwaaz Hai Junoon, despite facing a major clash, turned out to be a huge HIT which emerged as the third highest grosser for Pakistani films.
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The hugely talented duo Humayun Saeed and Nadeem Baig’s ambitious sequel of Jawani Phir Nahi Ani turned out to be a historical hit. This auspicious film became the first film in the history of Pakistani Cinema to hit half a century. But at the same time there was another film which became the favorite of the entire nation. Geo Film’s The Donkey King despite being an animated film created a havoc at the boxoffice. It created benchmarks which will stand for a very long time.
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Both the blockbusters have made history. Let’s analyze the boxoffice performances of both the mega films.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 had such a phenomenal run that all opening records for Pakistani films right now stand with Humayun Saeed and Fahad Mustafa’s project. It’s the only Pakistani film right now to have raked in over 3cr in a single day. No other Pakistani film has ever collected more than 3cr in a single day whereas ARY Films’ mega blockbuster achieved this mark on multiple days!
Film also holds the biggest opening Weekends and weeks records in Pakistani films with huge margins. Film fell short on beating Sultan’s Opening Week record by a slim margin and if this film didn’t have competition from Parwaaz Hai Junoon then the long standing record of Sultan would have been broken.
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On the other hand, the animated film The Donkey King did what no one had ever imagined. Film become the first animated film in cinema’s history to collect over 1cr in a single day. Not only this, the film crossed that benchmark on multiple days. Before The Donkey King, the Highest grossing animated films record stood at 8.1cr approx with 3 Bahadur 2. And no one could have thought that the capacity of the animated cinema has expanded enough for an animated film to hit 10cr mark. But The Donkey King has defined each and every theory. Film did wonders at the boxoffice and surprised everyone by becoming the biggest animated blockbuster in cinema’s history
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Film not only breached 10cr barrier in animated films, it also took its boxoffice collection to an unimaginable height. Film went on for weeks at the boxoffice and breached the 20cr mark too. It’s the film’s 18th Week and it is still running at cinemas. It has collected 24.5cr approx till now and will probably hit 25cr mark too. That means that the collection of The Donkey King is bigger than the combined business of the next best three animated films in Pakistan.