Directed by Siddharth Anand, Fighter has experienced a significant surge in its box office numbers on day 10, breaking free from weeks of tepid response. The film, featuring Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and Anil Kapoor as Indian Air Force officers, soared to an estimated ₹10.5 crore nett in India on its tenth day. This propelled Fighter’s total collection to approximately ₹162.75 crore nett, as reported by Sacnilk.com.
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A Remarkable Fighter Box Office Journey
Fighter commenced its journey with an opening of ₹22.5 crore on January 25, marking its first Friday. The film witnessed its highest day-wise collection of ₹39.5 crore nett in India. Subsequent days saw consistent earnings, with ₹27.5 crore nett on Saturday, ₹29 crore nett on Sunday, ₹8 crore nett on Monday, ₹7.5 crore nett on Tuesday, ₹6.5 crore nett on Wednesday, and ₹6 crore nett on Thursday.
The Elite Air Dragons: A Force for the Nation
The narrative of Fighter revolves around Squadron Leader Shamsher Pathania (Hrithik Roshan), Squadron Leader Minal Rathore (Deepika Padukone), and Group Captain Rakesh Jai Singh (Anil Kapoor), leading the elite Indian Air Force unit – Air Dragons. The film authentically captures aerial action, primarily shot at Indian air bases with real Sukhois and Indian fighter planes. In addition to the stellar cast, Fighter features Karan Singh Grover and Akshay Oberoi.
A Cinematic Collaboration and Acclaim
Fighter marks the first collaboration between Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan. Siddharth Anand has previously worked with Deepika in 2008’s Bachna Ae Haseeno and the 2023 blockbuster Pathaan, while collaborating with Hrithik on projects such as Bang Bang (2014) and the 2019 action film, War.
Critical Acclaim and Audience Engagement
Hindustan Times’s Fighter movie review applauds it as India’s first aerial action film, lauding the immersive experience and near-perfect screenplay. After a brief slowdown in ticket sales, the film experienced substantial growth, earning over ₹10.5 crores on its second Friday, bringing the total to ₹162.75 crores.
Positive Audience Reception and Weekend Prospects
With favorable reviews, Fighter is anticipated to draw more audiences over the extended weekend. News18 gave it a 4-star rating, describing it as “phenomenally entertaining” and a “perfect popcorn entertainment thriller” that lives up to the hype. The film, with a runtime of 2 hours and 46 minutes, holds a U/A certification from the Central Board of Film Certification.
A Stellar Cast and Directorial Brilliance
Apart from Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone, Fighter boasts a star-studded ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Karan Singh Grover, Akshay Oberoi, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Talat Aziz, Pradum Shukla, and Pradum Jaykar. This film marks the third collaboration between Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and Siddharth Anand, solidifying their position as a successful cinematic trio.