Aamir Khan – The Undisputed Box Office King

It has not been easy for Aamir Khan, for he never was the mega ‘superstar’ that he is today. The 90’s were dominated by the likes of Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan. Aamir crawled his

way, all along concentrating on quality and content, to slowly make it to the top league and now beyond!

The last decade, after classics like Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai, Aamir took a 4-5 year long break due to marital issues and other personal problems. He returned with Mangal Pandey which didn’t do too well at the box office. Soon after, many in the media and trade wrote him off.

Aamir stopped giving interviews and never really promoted the commercially risky ‘Rang De Basanti’ – a film that not many would even risk after ‘Mangal Pandey’. The movie went on to do great business, soon after which Aamir returned with the record breaking Fanaa. He then decided to take up direction and directed the brilliant Taare Zameen Par and the rest, including the historic business of Ghajini, is now history.

Aamir Khan - Anushka Sharma PK

But no one in their wildest of dreams would have thought 3 Idiots would come close to Ghajini, leave alone beat the 116 crore record. The film not only went on to do record-breaking business, but became the first film to cross Rs 200 crore in India and Rs 350 crore worldwide – unimaginable for any film during those days.

After the historic success of 3 Idiots, Aamir decided to do yet another off-beat film, with little or no commercial appeal outside multiplexes in cities. A supernatural mystery thriller, no less. The response was mixed, as many returned home disappointed with the fact that Kareena Kapoor was in fact a ghost!

Then came yet another box office monster, Dhoom 3, which went on to be the highest grosser of all time collecting Rs 284 crore in India. The first film to cross the 250 crore mark. Dhoom 3 not only smashed every record in sight in the domestic markets, but also created records overseas – markets that were previously dominated by Shahrukh Khan for decades, now had a new competitor, who could not only challenge him, but also beat him.

A few days prior to the release of PK, we spoke to several distributors and trade experts. Most believed that the film would just about manage to cross the 200 crore mark, while most thought the film had absolutely no chance of crossing the universal success of Dhoom 3. On December 19th, the day PK released, the Rajkumar Hirani film took a much slower opening as compared to Dhoom 3. However, the response (read word-of-mouth) was so good, that the film came into its own in its first weekend itself. PK has now become the first film to collect Rs 300 crore in India and will soon become the first to gross 600 crore worldwide.

Aamir Khan has set the benchmark so high, that it would take nothing less than a miracle for other stars like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Ranbir Kapoor to match. There are expectations that Bhajrangi Bhaijaan could challenge PK next year, and Shahrukh Khan’s film with Rohit Shetty – if it does release during Christmas – could also have a chance if the word-of-mouth is good. But for now, realistically, the only records that the others will be chasing will be the opening day and weekend. Like 3 Idiots, PK has raised the bar so high, that there are fears that it will take another 4 years for any other film to come close.

Box office milestones

  • First 50 crore film – Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya (Hum Aapke Hai Kaun)
  • First 100 crore film – Aamir Khan and A.R. Murugadoss (Ghajini)
  • First 150 crore film – Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots)
  • First 200 crore film – Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots)
  • First 250 crore film – Aamir Khan and Vijay Krishna Acharya (Dhoom 3)
  • First 300 crore film – Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani (PK)
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110 Comments

  • Congrats Amir and Pk teams.

    Now Amir took the place of Salman to compete with SRK.

    Here on wards the competition will be between SRK and amir.

    Sallu and HR will compete for 3rd Place




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  • ha ha ha, funny post. If SRK not reject films like lagaan, range d basanti and 3 idiots, what happend aamir khan’s carrior?




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  • The mainstream bollywood producers believe audience is plain dumb. Recently saw Masand’s Producers Roundtable where Karan Johar said, “We need to empower writers” And this guy makes rubbish films like Student of the Year.

    Aamir Khan has been a part of parallel-yet-mainstream cinema for over a decade and I still believe he shouldn’t be compared with SRK and Salman. They are commercial superstars who charm their respective fanbase with the product their fans love. Other wise a terrific Swades, off beat Paheli, unusual Khamoshi would have done well.

    Aamir Khan has a recall value. I had forgot about him after Dil Chahta Hai when he took a sabbatical, and suddenly I recalled, “Oh, this man had made terrific movies like Lagaan and DCH” when I saw the poster of Rang De. What has worked for him is the perfect balance of art and commerce.

    Yes Srk has done some great movies but the ratio is quite less. Aamir takes a lot of time to release one movie which makes his movies highly anticipated!




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  • Pk collection is great..difficult to achieve. ..if u want to call him biggest superstar then call him…but I bet anyone…he cant make crap movies like kick or hany 200 grosser…..for currently biggest crowd pullers are salman n srk n then aamir….




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  • 2014 was good for sallu n aamir but no for other stars…
    pk – all time blockbuster
    kick – blockbuster…
    only 2 movie got this verdict…
    in 2013
    d3 – all time blockbuster
    ashiqui 2, yjhd, ce, k3 were blockbuster…
    hope 2015 will bigger than 13 n 14…




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  • For giving this kind of collection you have to tie up with the biggest brand and biggest director….Dhoom brand and Raju Hirani…with the amount of stardom the Khans have if they unite with this kind of mega brands and director then it would be huge history.




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  • Aamir Khan is top because of Dhoom brand and Raju Hirani. PK is Hirani’s weakest film and OMG is much better, but people wanted to see 3 idiots team again so everyone watched. Real super stardom is judged by opening and not content or word of mouth. Salman bhai is number one.




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  • aamir is making records after records but our king is busy paying money to maratha mandir owners to run ddlg for 2000 weeks.




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  • best article indicine you speak from bottom of your heart fact is Aamir is undisputed king in every department even haters will have no problemme accepting this.THANKYOU VERY MUCH INDICINE.




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  • This is great news, because, it reinforces the idea that content is king. Hence filmmakers can focus on creating quality movies which will ensure returns.

    In the last 5-6 years, quality lost itself to the masala genre. Yes we enjoyed Wanted, Dabbang and Rowdy Rathore, but soon after, it all became overdone and not entertaining altogether. It seemed as if filmmakers found a shorter shortcut.

    I say HR and the 3 Khans have the potential to rise above these collections, provided they raise the bar higher each time with an excellent movie, that would be the real measure of their stardom.




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  • @Indicine you guys should also include 10, 25, 75 crore barrier as margin of 25 crores was equivalent to 100 crores these days. Please reply Indicine.




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  • @gj007 can u pls make a list of ppl whom u hate.u hv previously mentioned ur hatred towards arjun,chetan,slb and now karan johar.plz gv a full list




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  • oh yes … the box-office king cannot deliver a minimum HIT without Christmas. Talking of overseas, the whole world is in a vacation mood during Christmas , which is the ONLY reason behind his films doing well abroad …
    By the way, please post an article on ” ATHARVA – THE ORIGIN ” trailer, featuring Shahrukh Khan




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  • Ghajni 116cr
    3idiots 202cr
    dhoom3 284cr
    pk will be first 400cr

    waiting for dungal and sarfrosh2
    dungall will be 500cr
    sarfrosh2 will be 600cr
    Aamir khan
    hrithik roshan
    salman khan




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  • fact is clear all 3 khans have tremendos following… but aamir does best films with best directors.. salman has his own magic but SRK spoiling his reputation by over promotions, bad movies n running after money too much… cm on SRK cm back n show the world ur acting skills ..




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  • A very honest article. Thank you Indicine! All Hail Aamir! The other two khans are his dogs! Salman struck gold at the B.O only after emulating Aamir’s Ghajini. And about SRK, less said the better! Dono ki ab lulli baji huyi hai.




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  • Aamir’s last 5 films in India – 1000cr biz

    srk last 5 films in India – 707cr

    salman last 5 films in India – 800cr

    Overseas

    Aamir last 5 films – 100m$

    srk last 5 films – 64m$

    salman last 5 films – 43m$

    I think i don’t need to say anything more

    4 ATBB in his last 5 releases 4 All time grossser




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