Fans are super excited for the much-awaited release of Siddharth Anand‘s ‘Fighter’. The film stars Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan in lead roles. It is slated to hit the theatres on January 25.
According to trade analysts, the movie is anticipated to have a modest debut on Thursday, with significant growth projected at the box office starting from Friday, coinciding with Republic Day. Film trade expert Taran Adarsh, expressing confidence in the success of ‘Fighter’ at the box office, suggested that the movie is poised to kick off its theatrical journey with an initial earning of Rs 35 crore. He further indicated that the film is expected to conclude its extended opening weekend with a substantial collection exceeding Rs 100 crore.

Taran also told Indian Express that the movie’s strong appeal, attributing its potential triumph to a combination of star power, a unique theme, and the expertise of the director. He highlighted the significance of the film’s solo release as a key factor in its anticipated success at the ticket counters. Taran shared, “The film’s advance bookings for Thursday are promising, but January 26 is expected to be a pivotal day for its performance.”

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As of the current writing, ‘Fighter’ has successfully sold over 1.85 lakh tickets for Thursday, accumulating earnings of Rs 5.75 crore. The highest ticket sales were recorded in Maharashtra, with Delhi and Karnataka closely following suit. Film producer and trade expert Girish Johar noted that the movie caters more to an “urban” audience, finding maximum traction in top-tier cities.
Described as an urban action film, ‘Fighter’ is strategically aiming at Tier 1 and 2 cities, particularly focusing on top metro areas. According to Girish Johar, the film producer and trade expert, the positive aspect lies in the absence of strong competition. With no major releases anticipated in the following week, the movie has a favorable opportunity to unfold its impact and perform well at the box office.
Nevertheless, the pre-sales for ‘Fighter’ fall significantly short of Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathaan'” Industry tracker Sacnilk reported that SRK’s film garnered ticket sales exceeding Rs 23 crore on the first day in pre-sales alone.

Hrithik Roshan and Siddharth Anand have proven to be a successful actor-director duo. ‘Fighter’ marks their third project together. Their previous film, ‘Wa’ in 2019, was a major hit, earning Rs 318.01 crore and becoming Hrithik’s highest-grossing film. Their first collaboration, ‘Bang Ban’ in 2014, also did well at the box office, raking in Rs 181.03 crore.
According to Taran Adarsh, Hrithik Roshan is a highly skilled actor, and despite occasional film setbacks, his performances remain commendable. The collaboration between Hrithik and Siddharth is seen as a successful pairing that is likely to bring both critical acclaim and commercial success, making it a favorable situation for everyone involved. Girish Johar also confirmed that while the film may start with earnings exceeding Rs 30 crore, it is anticipated to gain significant traction and perform even better during the extended weekend at the box office.

The filmmakers might face a setback as ‘Fighte’ has been prohibited from release in Gulf countries, excluding the UAE, due to its content. According to ANI, while the specific reason for the ban remains undisclosed, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia will not be showcasing the film. Girish Johar, a film producer and trade expert, expressed this disappointment on Twitter, stating, “In a setback, #Fighter officially banned across Middle East regions for theatrical release. Only UAE will release the film with PG15 classification!”

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