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.

DaySultanDangal
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
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58 Comments

  • @sky: No need of that big article. Every body accepts that AAmir movies are better than Salman’s . Similarly everybody knows Salman is bigger star than Aamir. Your own statement itself proving that.. Salman will have upper hand in week1 n AAmir will win from second week. And obviously first day n first weekend is the real test for stardom. Whereas lifetime is the real test for movie quality. Hope point is clear .
    HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  • Dancal is a good movie, Sultan is not. Difference is that simple. Indian public should be ashamed of having Sultan gross 300cr

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  • #DANGAL IS THE GREAT FILM BECAUSE OF GREAT STORY & DIRECTION NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF AAMIR KHAN. THE GIRLS PERFORMANCE IS EQUAL TO AAMIR KHAN I.E. SAKSHI, FATIMA, SANYA, ZAIRA & SOHANI AS WELL THE OTHER ACTOR. IT MEANS, ITS GREAT FILM BECAUSE OF GREAT TEAM.

    AAMIR KHAN IS GREAT EVERYBODY KNOWS BUT DO NOT FOCUS ONLY ON HIM & GIVE THE PRIORITY TO OTHERS ALSO.

    ANYWAY, NITESH TIWARI’S DIRECTION IS GREAT. ITS HIS VISION & MISSION FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE FILM. ITS SUPER SCRIPT WITH STORY SHOWING SUCH GREAT EMOTIONS IN THE FILM.

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  • After watching PK, it’s probably safe to say, KICK will remain the biggest grosser of 2014.lallucine..

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  • Amir agar non holiday par 300 crore karega tab main manuga k Amir ka sab se bada stardom hai…but sab jante hai ki Amir without holidays are dhobighat lol

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  • There are only two persons who have huge stardom they are srk and Salman Khan… Amir is dependent on festival

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  • @silent killer
    Has SRK or Salman crossed 300 crore on non holiday? They haven’t crossed even 150 crore on non holiday. LOL on your logic.
    Aamir is the biggest megastar of Bollywood.
    Founder of 100 cr, 150 cr, 200 cr, 250 cr, 300 cr and now 350 cr.

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  • @ 3 khans if you talk about opening then dhoom3 smashed all opening records on non-holiday earning 32 crore net and no film has beaten the non holiday opening of dhoom3 till date . i am a supporter of salman but truth has to be told, not only that every film of aamir from ghajini has beaten some kind of initial record. dangal was released on non holiday with holiday falling on christmas, so the opening day record and weekend record was never on the cards but it smashed the single day record of prdp and has become the first film to earn 40 crore net on single day.
    salman fans should not behave like srk fans. there is no harm in accepting defeat to a real deserving man. i strongly believe no salman fan has any right to speak about aamir’s boxoffice standing unless salman deliveres 2 or 3 atgs in a row or he takes the standard of initial to such an extent that no one can match him( i don’t think there is much difference between salman and aamir as far as initials are concerned, infact may be aamir is slighly ahead because of his huge following in metros). same way no srk fans also do not deserve to talk about salman’s boxoffice standing unless srk gives 3 or 4 blockbusters in a row or his films start having 3 crore plus footfalls like salman films and the same applies for akshay, hritik or any fan following.

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  • @3 Khans oh i never knew that. Ha ha ha. Hi hi hi. Lallu is bigger star than Megastar Aamir khan? Oh okay beta. Ja khilone khel le ab. Huh. Aamir kicked lallu badly without extended weekend, anushka, yrf and commercial masala genre. Ab jitna rona hai rota reh. Aamir’s megastardon is light years bigger than lallu. Keep dreaming kiddo. Lallu will remain smaller star than aamir. Struggling for ATHG even with best masterpiece like BB and aamir does it like his cup of tea even with average masala movies like ghajini and dhoom 3..aamir stardom me baap hai salman ka.

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  • @3 khans you cown , aamir has kicked lallu once again now cry whatever you want. Aamir is baap of lalllu in stardom. Period. Nothing will change. Ab to teri aur maarunga.

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  • next year tzh coming on christmas with salman+katrina+ yrf+sequel+full action commercial movie and christmas & new year on monday. dekhte h dangal( national holiday on sunday,demonitise,not known cast,no chartbusters,less comm. etc ) k kitne records ko challenge krta h. and aamir will come in diwali 18 which is weak among edx holidays and he will make it best in 2018 & Hgoty.

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  • Dear Indicine,in above article you wrote Sultan Leads thru 8th day accept for 3rd day dangal wins.But your day by day chart shows that Dangal is leading by huge margin from 6th day on,please do explain. Thank you.

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  • Dangle is most motivational movie.Sultan is a good movie but Dangle is a very very good movie.I think that dangle become biggest movie of tha year.

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  • Movie of the year ‘Dangal’ . I give it a 5 star rating, movie deserves a national award . Sultan is a good movie but the thing is that Dangal is the best realistic film of all. Even in this period of demonetisation, the movie became the highest grossing. It became the first film to enter 350 cr club.

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