The legend of Maula Jatt roars at The Box office

Birmingham: Encyclomedia and Lashari Films joint production in association with AAA Motion Pictures and its distributors, Mandviwalla Entertainment (Pakistan) and Moviegoers Entertainment (overseas) have announced a smash hit opening for The Legend Of Maula Jatt, both in domestic and overseas markets. In its opening weekend, the largest-mounted Pakistan-made, Punjabi language film to date has shown collections of Pakistani Rupees 50.91 crores – US$2.3mn. The movie’s presenting partner in Pakistan is the country’s biggest media giant, Geo Films.

The Legend Of Maula Jatt was released worldwide on 500+ screens across 25 countries, making it the highest and widest ever release for any Pakistani or Punjabi film yet.

The film grossed Pakistani Rupees 11.27 crores (US$ 526,902) in the domestic, Pakistan market. It grossed £315,000 in the UK in its first weekend (four days) from 79 locations. This marks the highest opening weekend collection for any Pakistan-made or Punjabi language film in the UK to date, entering the UK Box Office Top 10 at position 9.

In Canada, The Legend Of Maula Jatt grossed CA$324,000 ranking No 6 in the Canadian Box Office. Total collections for North America exceed US$600,000.

In UAE too, The Legend Of Maula Jatt grossed US$515,000+ in four days and reached Number 1 in the UAE Box Office, indicating the enormous support audiences have shown for the film. Other performing territories are Australia (AU$255,000), where it reached position 8 in the Box Office Top 10; Norway; Germany; Netherlands; Spain; and South East Asia.

The phenomenal response to the film has led to full house screenings across the world and queues outside cinemas, with exhibitors continuously scheduling additional screenings to meet consumers’ demand. Such has been the adulation for the film that standing ovations have been recorded at cinemas globally. The number of screens for the movie are increasing every day.

Commenting on the film’s domestic performance, Director Bilal Lashari said, “I’m beyond overwhelmed by the love the film has received from audiences and critics alike the world over. We are so proud that The Legend Of Maula Jatt has been instrumental in putting Pakistan-made cinema on the global map as it continues to win over hearts in theatres across the world.”

Producer Ammara Hikmat said, “The Legend Of Maula Jatt has been our labour of love for a number of years. The pandemic came and returned but we knew we had to hold out for a theatrical release, as the film is undoubtedly a big screen experience, as has been proved by the sheer numbers of cinemagoers who have turned out at the cinemas and the full house screenings, with exhibitors adding extra shows to the weekend programmes. We’re so delighted that our film has broken previous records and set a new benchmark for Pakistan-made cinema, loved and lauded not only domestically but by audiences and critics globally.”

Pranab Kapadia, Director, Moviegoers Entertainment said on its overseas performance, “The Legend Of Maula Jatt has done extremely well in all the overseas markets making it a blockbuster in its first weekend itself. The film has exceeded our expectations at the Box Office with many new territories, cinemas and shows being added in week 2 which is unprecedented.

Nadeem Mandviwalla, CEO Mandviwalla Entertainment, Distributor of The Legend Of Maula Jatt in Pakistan said, Considering that three of the biggest cinema chains, comprising  more than 50 pr cent of cinemas in the country, have not supported the the most expensive film of Pakistan, still the Box Office Gross everyday is astronomical and remains unprecedented in the history of the Pakistan industry. I have never seen any film performing on this scale in my 42 years.

Produced by Encyclomedia and Lashari films in association with AAA Motion Pictures, The Legend of Maula Jatt released across cinemas worldwide on 13th October 2022. Along with the unprecedented box office collections, the film opened to extremely positive reviews and critical plaudit, appreciating the stellar performances of its leading cast including Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Humaima Malik, Gohar Rasheed, Faris Shafi and Ali Azmat. It has generated an overall IMDb rating of 9.5 out of 10.

Critic, Mohammad Kamran Jawaid, wrote in Pakistani newspaper, Dawn, that (The film) “..From this moment onwards, (has) set a new, nearly impossible to reach benchmark for Pakistani cinema… TLoMJ is as close to flawless filmmaking as we can get.. It is a big film that respects its characters, the worth of the actors, the audience’s time and its expectations for a high-concept action film.”

Another film critic, Rafay Mehmood (Tribune) compares it to big budget South Indian movies but with “..A lot more devotion to sense than its South Asian parallels.” He also feels that “..the film stands, neck to neck, with Rajamouli and Prashanth league of cinema, at least for the desi audiences.’

The Legend Of Maula Jatt is the world’s biggest-scale Punjabi language film of all time, with Hollywood collaborators including VXF supervisor, Brian Adler (Avatar: The Way Of Water, Candyman, Joker, Avengers: Endgame, Ad Astra) among other mainstream collaborations. The film is a reboot of the 1979, cult Punjabi classic, Maula Jatt,  reimagining Punjab’s own superhero for a world audience.

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