Economics of Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Released in theatres on 13th November 2012, Yash Chopra’s last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan has fared well in India and like most Shahrukh Khan films, has opened to fantastic numbers in the overseas markets.

Katrina, SRK still from JTHJ

Coming to Jab Tak Hai Jaan’s economics, it’s a huge money spinner for Yashraj Films. Irrespective of how the film fares at the Indian box-office, the makers will end up with huge profits. The return-on-investment will be more than 100%.

Detailed info below

  • Total investment: Jab Tak Hai Jaan has been made on a budget of Rs 60 crores, including print and marketing costs.
  • The budget does not include Shahrukh Khan‘s acting fee. Instead, he will get a share of the profits.

Recovery – Revenue generated (Note: Figures not confirmed by Yashraj. Approximates)

  • Music rights: 8 crores
  • Home Video rights: 2 crores
  • United Kingdom Government Subsidy: 15 crores (the film has been extensively shot in UK)
  • Overseas Distributors share: 40 crores
  • Domestic Distributors share: 70 crores
  • Satellite rights: 35-40 crores
  • Total recovery for Yashraj: 170-175 crores

Total Profits: 170-175 crores (recovery) – 60 crores (budget) = 110-115 crores (will be shared between Yashraj and Shahrukh Khan)

Overall, even in the worst case scenario as far as the theatrical business is concerned, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a hugely profitable film for all involved.



Nilesh:  (November 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm)

Dear Indicine Team, Just want to know, in that case, no film today is actually suffering ovearll loses, as the amount will be recovered from TV, music rights and etc?

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Bn:  (November 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm)

its great news for bollywood industy

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Mayur:  (November 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm)

Despite clash with sos n weekend affect in mumbai,
gr8 fig. Even 120 cr. Nett in india get blockbuster status..(think?)

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bpul:  (November 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm)

how much JTHJ has to earned to become blockbuster and all time blockbuster?

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Fact:  (November 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm)

Nilesh. . Completely agree with . . So if considered al then no one is facing box loss . . Even disaster movie joker is profitable venture. . . And films like ett are huge huge huge huge profitable. .

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Fact:  (November 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm)

Mayur. . Jthj with 120cr not be considered as bb . . Its should at least cross 145cr. .

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Ajay:  (November 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm)

Now a days Film only work on Hype Buzz, with good marketing n Big Star cast any movie can touch recover its cost through TV Music DVD rights…it is not good for Indian cinema.

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rakshith:  (November 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm)

@ indicine …boxoffice business is not only about how much the actor and producers get out of a movie….its
actors+producers+distributors+exhibitors and all …the overall scenerio’s should be taken while declaring a movie a success…in these case(JTHJ)…the overall business could be profitable but not as much as the likes of movies like tiger or idiots or bodyguard and all (NO OFFENCE FOR SRK FANS)…..and u could clearly see that business of JTHJ is on a decline…..


@indicine can u please explain why a movie like ek tha tiger which has a distributor share of 111.8cr(apprx 12crores more than that of 3 idiots) was not officially been declared as an ALL TIME BB movie?????

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Rob:  (November 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm)

dear indicine i really appreciate your brilliant analysis but when we talk about economics that too in democracy like ours it has to be stimulating in increasing employment, government taxes & market. here when we do all these calculations that may be profitable for producers but that is never the same for all parties concerned and in order to do that the movie must be a box office hit after deducting its total production cost, that’s it. & that is how box office economics are calculated even in hollywood and that is everyone else interested about. even big sites like,, does the calculations on that basis. In their case they are not even interested in distributor share or net profit, what they are interested is all about gross collections. thanks.

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hb:  (November 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm)

Rakshith: when people like you will learn to talk about the subject of article???
Why you people are not trying to be good for each actor… i am not a fan of srk and salman khan indeed i respect all actors…
If an article is about salman khan’s or shahrukh khan’s movie then talk about the one not to always compare salman and shahrukh to each other…. if u mean to compare and judge well then you must name two three other actors too… like sir big b ..roshan… ajay… akshey… and many more which are really good….
If a film is good go and watch it…. i loved barfi dabang ek ta tiger don2 rowdy rattor 3idiots and many other which deserve to be wached. Respect to be respected

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Aki:  (November 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm)

I don’t know why so many articles related to JTHJ are you supporting SRK Indicne? there is other movie SOS rarely you updating anything compare to JTHJ.

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Fact:  (November 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm)

Rakshith. . Bcoz al films have higher percentage of distribution share in its 1st week. . And we al knw difference between 3i and ett 1st week collection was nearly 70 to 75cr. . . Obviously ett share will be much high. . . In 2nd week per of distribution share wil be less than 1st week. . So keep on decreasing in coming weeks. . So ett have higher distribution share. .

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Fact:  (November 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm)

Hb. . Ur rite dude. . . Srk should not be compared to salman. . . Srk is far behind from salman. . Srk should be compared to Ajay akshay like smal super stars. . . From now on wards Srk doesnt deserved to be compare with biggies like salman and aamir. . Yes ur rite. .

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IamDNMD:  (November 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm)

srk is best busnessman

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Hamza Khan:  (November 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm)

Brilliant :)

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niks:  (November 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm)

Economics of that kind is already known. What really counts is the theatrical run in India and then overseas.Anyway that doesnt take anything from JTHJ . Yashraj films we all know are very shrewd and talented businessmen. Its great thing that they are getting profits bcoz they then invest this amount to promote young talent which is good for indian film industry in the long run.

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teju:  (November 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm)

Dear anti-SRK people,
I know you have a lot of problems regarding Shah Rukh Khan …. I know….
a lot of you can’t stand him, & according to you, his latest movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan was a flop.
According to you, SRK sucked, Katrina was terrible, Anushka is a bore & Yash Choprahas delivered his worst film. Ok…fine…..

I never said that this was SRK’s best movie, or was Yash Chopra’s.SRK has deliverd some awesum movies & will continue to do so…..
but to say the storyline was weak!! Sure…. you people clap when a baby is delivered using a vacuum cleaner(3 idiots)… but you can’t accept the fact tht someones strong belief in God stops someone from loving someone!

you can accept that someone can leap on a plane froma motorcycle(Ek tha tiger)but you can’t see somebody doing many jobs in an expensive place like London to make ends meet!!

To all those people who think Shah Rukh is romancing women half of his age… Salman Khan & Aamir Khan arnt actually romance
ng their grandmothers… they r doing the same…… all of them have movies with da same actress dis year!!

The point of this long status is, whether you like it or not : Jab Tak Hain Jaan rocked!!! It simplyrocked! I’m nt a huge movie criticor anything, but please stop beating empty barrels to make noise, people! SRK’s uniform was wrong, SRK looks old….shut up people!!

At least you didn’t have problems understanding the story….. .at least its another confusing one (Dhobi Ghat)! & the less i say about Salman, the better!! I’m still waiting for a movie in which Salman has a story! Last one was Partner…& that was in 2007.
Yours truly,
A Devoted SRK fan…..


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Sonakshi, who has so far worked with the biggest names in the film industry like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, is ecstatic about her fresh pairing with Saif. Good luck Sonakshi!

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teju:  (November 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm)

sorry don,t read after videos thanxxxxxxxxx

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lucky:  (November 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm)

@rakhshit u r asking for explaination from indicine. I don’t see any reason for indicine to explain anything to u .
As long as movie is good , made the profit .it’s good. Too much pressure , too much expectation (to break records) is taking industry on wrong track and as a result producers are getting desperate and crap is coming out. If this continues people will stop making movies like jthj,mnik,barfi,chakarveuh,
Omg,kahani.paan singh,taare zameen par,chak de,3idiots,tere bin laden (at least with big stars) I m glad aamir khan ,srk and hritick r not getting into thAt race. Just yet! I hope chennai express and happy new year is not a usual crap. That might make money sure about susbstance.

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aaftab:  (November 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm)

85cr in 6 days & if it gets 60cr in next 10 days it will be sureshot blockbuster.

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amol:  (November 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm)

wow…..good work indicine .thanks for the information.

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if:  (November 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm)

why are you comparing jthj with ek tha tiger
there are many reasons
1- it released on atleast 1000 screens less than ett
2-it is facing tough fight from day one from sons and ett had no competition for 2 and half weeks
3- ek tha tiger get money from four holidays around 90 crore and plus eid benefit
4- jthj had only 1 holiday on dewali which were affected by dewali puja and weekend was demolished by bal thakray death it affected 10- 15 crores
5- duration of jthj is long so it has only 3 shows a day while ett had more shows this was just for one day calculate it you will know the fact and in one cinema calcuate on all screens number would be different
jthj is the master piece of yash chopra it is modern day romance and srk movies don,t need numbers

it is prove that what kind of movie is this check this link
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a Beautifully made film with brilliant performances. JTHJ is Entertaining as well, it binds you to your seat throughout. It makes you emotional for SRK’s Character, you begin to feel for him. This is all we expect from a Romantic film and we get it in JTHJ.

People who do not have a taste for Romantic Sagas may not like the film. For Everyone else, its a delightful experience.

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haroonn1986:  (November 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm)

great. It deserved to be at least blockbuster.

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aakash:  (November 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm)

dear indicine in this case every film generates profit.. the only criteria for a film’s success should be the box office..

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Noam:  (November 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm)

@teju. well said and well compiled.

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