Triumph of “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani” at the International Box Office: Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt Shine in the Fifth Highest-Grossing Bollywood Film Across North America
In a transcontinental narrative that unveils splendor, “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani” has etched an enduring achievement, all thanks to its mesmerizing journey across the global box office. The brainchild of visionary director Karan Johar, this opulent creation reunites the enchanting duo of Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh on the grand cinematic stage, rekindling hearts with fresh ardor. Embarking on an ambitious voyage, the film envisions amassing a remarkable $20 million over its lifetime from international territories. Though it left an indelible mark within India’s borders, it voyaged across oceans, captivating audiences with the intensity reminiscent of Shah Rukh Khan’s acclaimed works.
Within Bollywood’s 2023 tapestry, the KJo masterpiece gracefully claims the third position in terms of financial triumphs. But this is no mere contemporary achievement; it ascends to the accolade of the fifth highest-grossing jewel in Bollywood’s crown, sharing company only with titles of distinction such as ‘Pathaan,‘ ‘Dangal,’ ‘Padmaavat,’ and ‘PK.’
Meticulous reports indicate an estimated haul of around $8.85 million from North America—embracing both the United States and Canada—within a mere 26 days. Yet, remarkably, the revenue garnered from overseas domains is projected to burgeon to nearly four times that of the domestic Indian markets.
As the film continues to flourish across the United States and Canada, it gracefully ascends among the cinematic elite. However, across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom, it may find its place around the eleventh rank, with earnings hovering around a modest £2 million. Nevertheless, the aspiration to join the coveted top five highest-grossing films in Australia remains a tantalizing possibility, a testament to its global allure.
Etching its presence in the annals of cinematic prosperity, this opus stands poised at the seventh pinnacle among India’s most prosperous creations. The zenith is unmistakably crowned by SS Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali 2‘ within North America’s realm. Meanwhile, the dawn of January heralded the release of SRK’s ‘Pathaan,’ which gallantly raked in an estimated $17.45 million. The Tollywood sensation ‘RRR’ carved an impressive $15.20 million. The tiers unfold further with Aamir Khan’s stellar performance in ‘Dangal,’ accumulating a grand $12.40 million. Not trailing far behind, ‘Padmaavat’ asserts its presence with an impressive $12.15 million. Aamir Khan’s cinematic marvel ‘PK‘ aptly claims the sixth pedestal, amassing an admirable $10.60 million. Progressing further, ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ secures its place with a noteworthy $8.85 million, trailing closely behind. ‘Baahubali‘ clings to the eighth rung, encapsulating an $8.45 million haul, while Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ secures its spot with earnings amounting to $8.20 million. The illustrious list culminates with ‘Dhoom 3,’ rounding off the apex ten with an accumulation of $8.10 million.
Venturing deeper into its global conquest, ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ casts its enchantment over the Gulf market, where it has harmoniously gathered an impressive sum of $3.6 million. Remarkably, it surpasses the performance of ‘Pathaan,’ which musters a commendable $2 million, while ingeniously navigating past ‘Brahmastra.’
The saga of overseas conquests illustrates a triumph, with the cumulative returns of RRKPK tallying around a substantial Rs 142 crores to date. As a result, it claims the honor of being the second highest-grossing Bollywood masterpiece of the year on foreign shores. Closer to home, the cinematic marvel has garnered a handsome domestic revenue of 173 crores, thus propelling the grand sum of worldwide accumulations to a staggering 315 crores over the course of an impressive 26 days.