Many fans wanted the film to be screened in India as well.
Pakistani cinema, popularly known as Lollywood, has undergone scores of ups and downs throughout its history.
Making a tremendous sixty films per year, Pakistan ranks high among the top twenty film-producing countries in the world.
A majority of films produced in Pakistan are made in the national language, Urdu.
However, Punjabi, Sindhi, and Pashto films are also watched with equal appreciation in the country, if not more.
Simply put, the Pakistani film industry continues to thrive with new-wave actors such as Mahira Khan, Fahad Mustafa, and Urwa Hocane gracing the silver screen.
Therefore, DESIblitz presents the top 10 highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time without any further ado.
The Legend of Maula Jatt
The Legend of Maula Jatt stars Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Humaima Malick, Gohar Rasheed and Faris Shafi in pivotal roles.
The Legend of Maula Jatt was released worldwide on over 500 screens across 25 countries, making it the highest and widest-ever release for any Pakistani or Punjabi film yet.
The film grossed Rs. 63.12 crores in the domestic, Pakistan market.
It grossed £315,000 in the UK in its first weekend (four days) from 79 locations.
The phenomenal response to the film led to full house screenings across the world and queues outside cinemas, with exhibitors continuously scheduling additional screenings to meet consumers’ demands.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2
After the success of the first film, its sequel was soon confirmed in January 2016.
Despite competition from two other major motion pictures of the industry released on the same occasion, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 managed to shatter all previous box office records in Pakistan.
The Sixth Sigma Plus, Salman Iqbal Films and ARY Films collaborative production became the first film to ever cross the Rs. 40 crores mark at the Pakistani box office.
The film later went on to cross the once unimaginable Rs. 50 crores mark for any film at the Pakistani box office.
It received critical praise for its direction, script, cast, and performances.
London Nahi Jaunga
London Nahi Jaunga ran smoothly for more than three weeks on the foreign market.
The film gave Bollywood’s big-budget movie Shamshera fierce competition.
Shamshera’s first-weekend revenue at the international box office was underwhelming despite being a Yash Raj production and a Ranbir Kapoor film.
ComScore data showed that London Nahi Jaunga made more money during its third weekend of release in the UK and Ireland than Shamshera did during its first weekend.
The Pakistani film made a worldwide gross of over Rs. 55 crores.
Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Punjab Nahi Jaungi is a rom-com that stars Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat alongside Sohail Ahmed, Saba Hameed and Urwa Hocane in pivotal roles.
The flick recorded the biggest single day for any Pakistani film with a collection of Rs. 2.80 crores.
Within 48 hours, the film’s trailer had over one million views and trended at the top spot on YouTube Pakistan for several days and has also crossed up to eight million views to date.
Praise and demand for screenings of Punjab Nahi Jaungi poured in from across the border as well, as many fans wanted the film to be screened in India as well.
With a worldwide gross of over Rs. 51.6 crores, it remained the highest-grossing Pakistani film until beaten by Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
Directed by Nadeem Baig, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani made a worldwide gross of Rs. 49.44 crores.
The film is about a single man who is a divorce lawyer. He takes his three married friends on a trip to help them escape their wives and the monotony of their lives.
The film stars Humayun Saeed, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahmad Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry and Mehwish Hayat.
The supporting cast includes Sohai Ali Abro, Jawed Sheikh, Ismail Tara, Bushra Ansari, Ayesha Khan, Sarwat Gillani and Uzma Khan.
It received positive reviews from critics, becoming the highest-grossing Pakistani film to that date, breaking the record of Waar.
Parwaaz Hai Junoon
Parwaaz Hai Junoon features an ensemble cast of Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahad Raza Mir, Hania Amir, Kubra Khan, Alamdar Khan, Marina Khan, Shamoon Abbasi, Adnan Jaffar, Shaz Khan, Shafaat Ali, and Mustafa Changazi in pivotal roles.
The Pakistani film, which is a tribute to the Pakistan Air Force, made a worldwide gross of Rs. 43.20 crores.
It was released on August 24, 2018, under Momina & Duraid Films and was distributed by Hum Films.
Parwaaz Hai Junoon opened to a good response on the first day of its release and managed to collect Rs. 1.79 crores.
Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad stars Fahad Mustafa, Javed Sheikh and Mahira Khan with Nayyar Ejaz and Mehmood Aslam in an ensemble cast.
The Pakistani action-comedy film made a worldwide gross of Rs. 42.05 crores.
The filming had been completed before the lockdown restrictions started due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Distributed by Hum Films and Eveready Pictures, the film was released after a two-year delay on July 8, 2022, and opened to mixed reviews from critics.
The Donkey King
The Donkey King is easily one of the biggest blockbusters ever released in Pakistan.
The animation was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018 beating blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War, Padmaavat, Simmba, Baaghi and Jurassic World.
The film features the voices of Jan Rambo, Ismail Tara, Hina Dilpazeer, Ghulam Mohiuddin, and Jawed Sheikh.
It was released in Pakistan on October 13, 2018, by Geo Films and Talisman Studios.
After its national success, it became the first Pakistani film to be dubbed into ten languages for multiple international theatrical releases, distributed worldwide by Annalisa Zanierato, for Pantera Film.
Bin Roye is produced by Momina Duraid and stars Humayun Saeed, Mahira Khan, Armeena Khan, Zeba Bakhtiar, Javed Sheikh and others.
The Pakistani film is based on the original novel Bin Roye Ansoo by Farhat Ishtiaq.
The film was released worldwide on July 18, 2015, the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Bin Roye was praised by critics and became the sixth-highest-grossing Pakistani film.
Bin Roye was later adapted into a television series with the same name, that premiered on Hum TV on October 2, 2016.
Parey Hut Love
Parey Hut Love received massive appreciation not just for its cast but also for its wardrobe, cinematography, songs and the overall scale of the film.
Sheheryar Munawar and Maya Ali became audience favourites with their on-screen chemistry, which they later replicated in the 2021 drama serial, Pehli Si Muhabbat.
‘Haye Dil Bechara’ continues to be one of the most played songs at weddings while ‘Morey Saiyan’ has been a popular choice for Mahira Khan’s performances at award shows since the film was released.
In 2020, the film was nominated under 8 categories at the PISA Awards and won 5 of them including Best Director for Asim Raza and Best Actor for Sheheryar Munawar who also co-produced the film.
The film made a worldwide gross of Rs. 30 crores.
These films have given the Pakistani film industry nearly a toe-to-toe fighting chance with Bollywood releases in the country.
Pakistani cinema has seen many ups and downs in its 74-year-old history.
One thing is certain – cinemagoers are going to watch films and Pakistan will continue producing quality movies for its fans.
Lollywood is undergoing a revival where only quality films are produced.