Ghajini. 3 Idiots. Dhoom 3. PK. No other actor in the history of Indian Cinema has delivered the highest grosser of all-time more than twice. Even the great Amitabh Bachchan only twice broke the record for the highest grosser of all-time. Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have achieved possibly the biggest achievement – only twice each in their career.
Aamir Khan, who already holds the record for surpassing the industry’s highest grosser, is all set to do it for the 5th time in his career.
His latest film, Dangal, is showing better trends than his 2014 Christmas release ‘PK’ which was directed by Rajkumar Hirani. It also featured a top actress like Anushka Sharma. This time around, it was Aamir’s credibility, script sense and conviction that should help Dangal not only surpass PK, but it ‘could’ go on to be a much bigger grosser. Even 400 crore isn’t out of reach for Dangal!
If you’re wondering why such lofty praise – then the comparison below makes things very clear. The 2nd Friday collections of Dangal is higher than the 2nd Saturday collections of PK.
At the end of the first week, PK had collected 182.89 crore, while Dangal has collected 197.54 crore. A difference of 14.65 crore.
The gap between the two films widens further on the 2nd Friday as Dangal has collected 18.59 crore on its 8th day, whereas PK had ‘just’ managed to collect 14.55 crore.
The 2nd Saturday of Dangal will be higher than the 2nd Sunday on PK.. with business expected to go to insane never-been-seen levels on 2nd Sunday.
The trend is clear – Dangal is maintaining a level of business that’s higher than PK (graph below) and this can only mean one thing – the record for the highest grosser of all-time will be achieved once again by Aamir Khan. It’ll be for the 4th time in 5 films that he will be exceeding all expectations, beating the prediction of all analysts to top the industry once again.
What stands between Dangal and a huge 375 – 400 crore grosser is just one factor. PK released a week before Christmas, because of this, the Christmas – New Year advantage stretched well into its 3rd week. For Dangal, the holiday period ends tomorrow. So the level of business that it managed to maintain during the weekdays and the kind of growth it shows in the 3rd weekend – could eventually decide if Aamir Khan goes on to become the founder of the 400 crore club or falls short.
Note: PK has beaten Dangal on just on day, it’s 7th day because it was a holiday for Christmas. Otherwise, Dangal has maintained a steady and big enough lead even when compared to the Rajkumari Hirani classic.
|First Week||182.89 cr||197.54 cr|
|Two Week||278.53 cr||313.50 cr|
|Three Week Total||320.14 cr||359.85 cr|
|Till Fourth weekend||328.79 cr||370.09 Cr|
|India Collections||340.6 cr||376.12 Cr|