Yash Chopra's Love Legend, VEER-ZAARA, has won the hearts of people all over the world. The figures are in, and the verdict is clear. Veer-Zaara is on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of the year worldwide.
Veer-Zaara recorded the Highest ever opening for a Hindi film in UK. Released at 60 cinemas in the UK, it collected £ 484,993 in its opening weekend, with a per site average of £ 8,083. It opened at number 4 in the UK Box Office, even though it faced competition from Big Hollywood films like Bridget Jones 2 and The Grudge.
Veer-Zaara had to face as many as 12 new releases in its first weekend in UK [BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON, LADIES IN LAVENDER, ANACONDAS, SHAOLIN SOCCER, TOOLBOX MURDERS, A WAY OF LIFE, RECONSTRUCTION, THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER, NOBODY KNOWS, ANGEL ON THE RIGHT, UNCOVERED: THE WAR ON IRAQ and RADIO ON]. Yet, despite stiff opposition, the collections of the film were astonishing.
In the second weekend, Veer-Zaara remained strong at No. 6 in the UK box office. In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 323,905 on 59 cinemas, with the per site average of £ 5,490. In its third weekend, it was at No. 8 in the UK box office with a collection of £ 199,848 on 50 cinemas, with the per site average of £ 3,997. In its fourth weekend, it was at No. 10 in the UK box office with a collection of £ 135,390 on 43 cinemas, with the per site average of £ 3,149. 5 weeks in the UK charts continuously, it was at again at number 10 in the UK box office in the fifth weekend, with collections of £ 71,845 on 34 cinemas and the per site average was £ 2,113. In its sixth weekend, the film was at number 15 in the UK box office and collected £ 42,572 on 25 cinemas, with the per site average of £ 1,703.
Hailed as the "Biggest Bollywood Bonanza" - Eastern Eye & "Ground Breaking Indo-Pak Musical Romance" - Time Out, Veer-Zaara has lived up to every expectation and more. The total collections uptil the 9th weekend were £ 2,012,201 [approximately Rs. 17.16 crores] making it the second highest grossing Bollywood film of all time (after Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham).
Veer-Zaara recorded the 2nd Biggest opening ever for a Hindi film in USA and debuted at No. 15 position. In its opening weekend, the film collected US$ 903,010 on 88 screens, with the per screen average of US$ 10,261. In New York, the film debuted at No. 16 position, collecting US$ 51,474 on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to US$ 17,158. The first week grossed US$1.2 million in the USA.
Veer-Zaara had to face as many as 9 new releases in its first weekend in USA [BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON, THE POLAR EXPRESS, AFTER THE SUNSET, SEED OF CHUCKY, FINDING NEVERLAND, KINSEY, LA PETITE LILI, BRIGHT FUTURE and WHO KILLED BAMBI?]. Despite severe opposition, the collections of the film were extra-ordinary.
In its second week, the film collected US$ 850,000 on 83 screens, with the per screen average of US$ 10,240. In its third weekend, the film has collected US$ 403,841 on 81 screens, with the per screen average of US$ 4,986. The fourth weekend’s collections were US$ 154,910 on 46 screens, with the per screen average of US$ 3,368. The fifth weekend’s collections were US$ 91,619 on 49 screens, with the per screen average of US$ 1,870. In its sixth weekend, the film collected $ 34,784 on 21 screens, with the per screen average of $ 1,656.
Until its 8th week, the US gross has already crossed US$ 2.88 million in total [approximately Rs. 12.81 crores].
Veer-Zaara had the Highest ever opening for a Hindi film in Australia. It opened at number 15 in its opening weekend with collections of AUD$ 83,830 on 8 screens in the first weekend.
Veer-Zaara also had a record second weekend and the film collected AUD$ 77,549 on 8 screens. Infact it was down just 7% in comparison to the first week's collections, which is generally unheard of [BRIDGET JONES fell 42% in the same period] and also rose to number 14 in its second weekend. It also had the second highest national screen average per print in the second weekend (The Grudge was No.1) according to the MPDAA's weekend TOP 20 report. On the limited release chart Veer-Zaara moved to number 2 with the highest screen average by a very long way. The per screen average for the second weekend was AUD$ 9,694 [1st weekend: AUD$ 10,479].
In the third weekend, Veer-Zaara still had the highest per screen average of all films on limited release (under 50 prints) and is yet rock-steady. The collections for the third weekend were AUD$ 41,461 on 8 screens, with the per screen average of AUD$ 5,183. The film was at No. 20 in Australian charts in the third weekend. The fourth weekend’s collections were AUD$ 16,704 on 9 screens, with the per screen average of AUD$ 1,856. In the fifth weekend the collections were AUD$ 11,936 on 9 screens with the per screen average of AUD$ 1,326.
With the total so far having touched AUD$ 304,736 [approximately Rs. 105.29 lacs], Veer-Zaara has already emerged a blockbuster in this market as well.
Veer-Zaara opened to 100% collections in Mumbai, Delhi and other parts of India and has done record-breaking collections at the box office all over India. It had the Biggest opening in the History of Indian Cinema in Mumbai, Punjab and Kolkata territories. The average per print for the first week was Rs. 6,85,948 and was Rs. 4,25,272 for the second week.
In India, the collection at the Box Office have already crossed Rupees 37 crores [approximately US$ 7.4 million] and is yet going strong.
Veer-Zaara didn't disappoint its Audiences, Exhibitors, Producers or its Distributors and is yet going strong. It has also created waves in other parts of the world by recovering investments in the opening weekend itself.
Yash Chopra's directorial venture after a gap of 7 years, Veer-Zaara is all set to continue its reign at the box-office globally in the coming days. At Yash Raj Films, we are overjoyed and humbled by the love shown to us by people all over the world. We are proud to be recognised as the premiere entertainment alternative for people of South Asian Origin globally, and promise to continue to make the excellent quality entertainment with which we have become synonymous.