Actor Diljit Dosanjh’s new Punjabi movie “Ambarsariya” has got a decent opening at the U.S. box office in the first weekend. But the movie has failed to beat the opening weekend business record of his previous release, “Sardaar Ji.”
“Ambarsariya” has been one of the most hyped and anticipated Punjabi movies of 2016. The movie was released in over 114 screens in key international markets, including the U.S, the U.K, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It has collected approximately US$812,452 (Rs 5.40 crore) at the overseas box office in the first weekend. Its per-screen average stands at $7,126.
“Ambarsariya” has outdone John Abraham’s “Rocky Handsome” to top the business chart for Indian movies in all international markets except the U.S. But it has failed to become the biggest opener of 2016, a record held by the recent release, “Love Punjabi,” which collected approximately $860,659 from 89 screens at the U.S. box office in the first weekend.
Diljit Dosanjh’s “Sardaar Ji” had collected approximately $930,388 (Rs 5.91 crore) from 106 screens at the overseas box office, and its per-screen average stands at $8,777. It remains the biggest opening film in his career. After seeing the brouhaha around the release of “Ambarsariya” and the number of screens it hit, trade analysts had predicted that the new film would beat the record held by “Sardaar Ji” to become the biggest opener of his career. But the expectation has obviously not been met.
The area-wise collections of “Sardaar Ji,” “Ambarsariya,” “Love Punjab” and “Ardaas” have been tabulated below. These numbers are based on various reports of Bollywood Hungama and may vary from the figures listed elsewhere.
|United States of America|
|Movie||Screens||Gross||Gross in ₹|
|Sardaar Ji||42||$193,711||Rs 1.23 crore|
|Ambarsariya||49||$185,520||Rs 1.24 crore|
|Love Punjab||36||$174,468||Rs 1.18 crore|
|Ardaas||30||$141,493||Rs 1.18 crore|
|Sardaar Ji||14||US$228,060||Rs 1.45 crore|
|Love Punjab||13||US$251,711||Rs 1.69 crore|
|Ambarsariya||17||US$226,537||Rs 1.51 crore|
|United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Sardaar Ji||19||£106,610||Rs 1.07 crore|
|Ambarsariya||18||£99,539||Rs 93.8 lakh|
|Ardaas||10||£71,875||Rs 69.24 lakh|
|Love Punjab||5||£33,514||Rs 32.29 lakh|
|Love Punjab||27||A$406,601||Rs 2.07 crore|
|Sardaar Ji||23||A$353,385||Rs 1.72 crore|
|Ambarsariya||23||A$249,785||Rs 1.26 crore|
|Ardaas||15||A$213,252||Rs 1.09 crore|
|Love Punjab||8||NZ$114,803||Rs 51.91 lakh|
|Sardaar Ji||8||NZ$101,658||Rs 44.37 lakh|
|Ambarsariya||7||NZ$99,064||Rs 44.15 lakh|
|Ardaas||6||NZ$51,661||Rs 23.36 lakh|
|Sardaar Ji||106||US$930,388||Rs 5.91 crore|
|Love Punjab||89||US$860,659||Rs 5.73 crore|
|Ambarsariya||114||US$812,452||Rs 5.40 crore|
|Ardaas||61||US$441,028||Rs 2.97 crore|