Dangal vs Sultan: Highest Grosser of 2016

Dangal or Sultan – Which film is going to be the highest grosser of 2016? This question was the hottest topic of debate within the trade for the last couple of weeks leading up to the release of Aamir Khan’s Dangal. There was no clear winner then, with most picking Sultan, but it’s a lot more clearer now.

Even though nothing can be said with certainty when it comes to box office collections, Dangal could surpass Sultan in just 2 short weeks.

The battle in the first week was actually won by Sultan by a fair margin, but it’s the trend or the way a big film sustains in Week 2 and 3 that decides if it can go on to break records.

At the end of 8 days, Sultan is ahead of Dangal, but the gap has reduced quite considerably:

  • Day 1 – 6.76 crore (Sultan leads)
  • Day 2 – 9.26 crore (Sultan leads)
  • Day 3 – 1.48 (Dangal leads)
  • Day 4 – 9.45 crore (Sultan leads)
  • Day 5 – 24.57 crore (Sultan leads)
  • Day 6 – 18.65 crore (Sultan leads)
  • Day 7 – 11.28 crore (Sultan leads)
  • Day 8 – 3.51 crore (Sultan leads)

Only on one day (3rd day), Dangal has held the lead but Sultan also had an extended weekend with two partial holidays and one big holiday for Sunday. On the other day, Dangal has had just one major holiday (Sunday) with the extra advantage of winter / Christmas vacations.

Day 9 onwards, it’s expected to be Dangal’s show all the way through. The lead that Sultan holds is slender and Dangal will lead by a huge margin by the end of this weekend.

It’s been Aamir and Salman’s show for the last 9 years and 2016 will be no different. The last time someone else topped the year was Shah Rukh Khan with Om Shanti Om in 2007.

Aamir is likely to take 2016, which will mean Salman’s career ‘highest grosser of the year’ number remains at 9, while Aamir will retain the 2nd spot topping a calendar year for the 7th time. Shah Rukh Khan is at the third position with 5 of his films emerging as the highest grosser of the year.

Day 136.5429.78
Day 237.3234.82
Day 331.6742.41
Day 436.6225.69
Day 538.2123.09
Day 615.5421.46
Day 712.9220.29
First Week208.82 cr197.54 cr
Day 810.8218.59
Day 99.5223.07
Day 107.4332.04
Day 1111.4613.45
Day 1215.1810.46
Day 134.089.23
Day 143.729.12
Two Week271.03 cr313.50 cr
Day 153.426.66
Day 163.5110.80
Day 172.1414.33
Day 183.814.35
Day 195.144.03
Day 201.33.21
Day 211.252.97
Week 3 Total291.6 cr359.85 cr
Day 221.151.94
Day 231.054.06
Day 240.574.24
Day 250.981.37
Day 261.511.27
Day 270.341.16
Day 280.361.04
Week 4 Total297.56 cr374.93 cr
Day 290.341.19
Day 300.332.10
Day 310.242.83
Day 320.490.94
Day 330.781.01
Day 340.160.24
Day 350.160.54
Week 5 Total300.06383.78
Remaining weeks1.001.19
India Collections301.06 cr384.97 cr


  • Once again the biggest of clash of the year was not about which one of 2 crapgiri movies released on the same day was gonna win the bo clash but it was always about which release from 1 of the 2 biggest superstars was gonna win the Clash of Biggest Grosser of the Year…!

    Salmir roxXxXx


  • Congratulation Aamir fans.
    Some people says Akshay doing only patriotic movies for success then what is Dangal, Lagaan, Sarfarosh, Mangal pandey, Rang De Basanti? These movies too have patriotic elements. If Aamir does it, then it’s alright for them, but if Akshay does it then some people criticize him.


  • I really dont want dangal to cross pk because pk was a perfect movie a movie that was appreciated by everyone be at inception type people or dabang rickshawala


  • Dangal is worthy of comparison with only Aamir Khan films or maybe Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Sultan is nowhere in the picture as far as quality is concerned.


  • In 2017 SRK have two films but not anyone on EDX.Raees too will face a clash.In 2018 SRK can give HGOTY with dwarf film if it will be a universal appealing film as it is releasing on Christmas weekend.


  • No problem if Dangal beats Sultan (highly likely) it’s a Better movie and deserves the praise and collection which it is getting. Upcoming yr will be dominated by Bhai for sure.


  • *Salman’s career ‘highest grosser of the year’ number remains at 9, while Aamir will retain the 2nd spot topping a calendar year for the 7th time. Shah Rukh Khan is at the third position with 5 of his films emerging as the highest grosser of the year.*

    Hahaha, I don’t think SRK will give HGOTY untill he retires now.


  • Stupid salman fans are saying that sultan beat dangal 1st day weekend and week

    it did more on 1st day and 1st week bcz of holidays

    and looser salman fans must know that Dangal beat sultan weekend even without extra holidays

    earlier they didnt considered overseas collection now they dont consider tamil telugu collection (where salman movies dont collect well)
    later they will only consider selective states collection


  • @Being bhojpuri agarwaal
    First look at this
    Sultan- yrf+anushka+ masala genre+ catchy songs + no demonitization + 5 days extended weekend + hiked ticket price (much more than dangal)

    Dangal- No catchy songs + no big leading lady + demonitization + lack of enough holidays + non commercial genre.

    Still dangal > sultan..

    Aamir is baap of whole bollywood. Never mess with him.


  • When aamir khan announces his film on Christmas, everyone should compete keeping the 2nd spot in mind..No one can beat him, that’s the universal truth now..


  • Mind one thing first before say anything bout beating aamir’s record. It took 4 years for shahrukh (Chennai Xpress) to beat 3 Idiot to become athg. But Aamir beat him/record(Dhoom 3) within 4 months. Someone saying 2018 Shahrukh going to break all records on Christmas release Anand Rai’s ” The Dwarf”. But unknowingly said I guess because before that on Diwali Aamir going to bring storms in the form of pirates movie : Yashraj Film “Thugs of Hindostan” and Sallu Bhai on Eid wil bring the massala franchise “Dabanggk”
    Aur bohot mazaa ae ga!!!!!


  • @Indicine i think there’s a mistake in this article.
    Day 8 sultan grossed 10.82 cr ..While
    Dangal grossed 18.59 cr… then how come Sultan is leading in Day 8??? please correct your error.


  • @prashant abhisekh
    actually that dwarf film is the most dangerous film
    Avatar 2 will clash with it
    if jungle book did 180 cr in india in ipl period, think what avatar2 will do in xmas 2018?



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