2018 has seen not one but two successful animated Pakistani movies; Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor and The Donkey King, with another (3 Bahadur: The Rise of Warriors) in the pipelines, all set to hit cinemas towards the end of 2018. Both Allahyar and 3 Bahadur 2 have done well on the Box Office which is a manifestation of the fact that Pakistanis are open to watching movies that are not just item numbers and glamour, thereby reaffirming my faith in our audience.
The Donkey King, a Pakistani animated comedy film, was released 11 days ago on October 12, 2018, under the banner of GEO films. The film is directed by Aziz Jindani and features the voices of some of the most versatile actors in the industry including Hina Dilpazeer, Ghulam Mohyuddin, Javed Sheikh, Ismail Tara, and Jan Rambo. The film opened to jam-packed cinemas (that might be an exaggeration but I am talking in relative terms here) and recorded the biggest opening in Pakistan for any animated film, till date.
The Donkey King had already hit 1 crore mark by the end of the second day of its release which is, beyond any doubt, quite an achievement for a Pakistani film, that too animated.
Here is the complete breakdown of the film, according to the latest records:
Week One: 4cr
Second Friday: 85lacs
Second Saturday: 1.3cr
Second Sunday: 1.6cr
Second Weekend Total: 3.75cr
Grand Ten Day Total: 7.75cr
The number is just a little less than what 3 Bahadur 2: The Revenge of Baba Balaam had earned in 2016; 8 plus crores. However, the latest records are from yesterday and according to a few news outlets such as The News, The Donkey King has already crossed 8 crores and has become the biggest animated grosser in Pakistan by beating 3 Bahadur 2.
Either way, if The Donkey King can achieve within a week what 3 Bahadur 2 did in over 4 weeks, there is little to no math required to project that it will definitely emerge as the highest animated grosser if it hasn’t already.
Here’s congratulating the makers on this feat.
We cannot vouch for the authenticity of these box office numbers given by independent box office tracking site EPK Pakistan However, until we have some official box-office tracking system in Pakistan this is all we have got. The numbers are also revised at times and hence you may observe fluctuations.
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