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Bollywood Air Force Epic 'Fighter' Tops Global Box Office With $25M Weekend

According to ComScore, Viacom18 and Marflix's Bollywood action film “Fighter” was the top-grossing film of the weekend worldwide, with box office takings of $25.1 million.

Directed by Siddharth Anand, whose previous film, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathaan, was one of the biggest Indian hits of 2023, the film stars Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor. 'Fighter' revolves around the Indian Air Force and was released on Thursday, January 25, ahead of India's Republic Day holiday on January 26. The film depicts Indian conflicts with Pakistan and was banned throughout the Middle East, where there is a large Pakistani migrant worker population.

Released in 23 territories, “Fighter” grossed $24.5 million worldwide over the weekend, with $20.8 million of that coming from international territories outside of North America. Including Thursday's numbers, the total worldwide collection was $25.1 million.

In North America, “Fighter” collected $3.7 million over the three-day weekend and $4.3 million over four days. In India, $17.7 million was raised in four days.

Coming in second worldwide was Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy “Anyone But You” with $19 million. After its sixth opening weekend, the film has grossed $127 million worldwide, including $71.1 million in North America. In third place was Amazon MGM's Jason Statham action thriller “The Beekeeper,” which grossed $18.3 million and has a worldwide total of $104 million, including $42.2 million from North America three weekends after release.

(The North American or “domestic” box office charts looked significantly different last weekend, with “The Beekeeper” and “Mean Girls” virtually tied for first place with estimated Friday-Sunday totals of about $7.4 million .)

In the global ranking, Warner Bros.' The chocolatier origin story “Wonka,” starring Timothée Chalamet, took fourth place with $13.7 million. After seven weekends in theaters, the film has grossed an impressive $552 million worldwide, including $195.1 million in North America.

Rounding out the top five was Searchlight's two-time Golden Globe-winning offbeat comedy “Poor Things,” which is distributed internationally by Disney and grossed $13.04 million. After its eighth theatrical release, the film has collected $51 million worldwide, including $24.7 million in North America.

The Chinese fish-out-of-water comedy “Jonny Keep Walking,” which remains a box office hit in its home country, collected $12.4 million in sixth place, for a total of $154.5 million. Dollar. Paramount's musical remake “Mean Girls” ranked seventh worldwide with $11.6 million, for a worldwide total of $83.4 million.

Universal's animated film “Migration” grossed $10.3 million in eighth place, bringing its worldwide total to $206.1 million. Warner Bros.' “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” collected $9.8 million in ninth place and now has a total of $412.7 million. Coming in at 10th place was Bandai's anime “Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Freedom,” which debuted with $8.8 million. It has not yet been released in North America.