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)


  • @suchit if u want i can provide you srk and salman analysis also with boxoffice numbers….but let it leave and happy enjoying yours fake verdicts of your star…sky know me very well and may each amirfan

  • @suchit first of all you are no one to judge me that o should ashamed on myself.I am a true Aamir fan and I loved that I am an Aamirian.There is no doubt that yrf and dharma was two banners who gives srk solid presence whenever srk any film underperformed or flippers,a yrf or dharma came and it satisfy srk last debacle. In year 1994,1996,1999 srk had no yrf film and he had no hit that year.
    But other important thing is also that srk suited best in films made by yash ji,karan or aadi.Because srk had a romantic hero aura that always works for him in their film.It is mutual benefit for both not only for one.
    Regarding Aamir he wasn’t delivered big success apart from dil and RH.But even in 90s he had classics like dhkmn,qsqt,jjws,rangeela,sarfarosh,AAA.It shows that those days Aamir is not a idol actor who didn’t contributed but these film made him strong in post 2000 era.And now he is coming miles ahead than his contemporizes.If Aamir was successful Like srk that time we don’t get the perfectionist box office king Aamir in these kind of way.
    Giving 5 atbb or 4 all time grosser in last 5 commercial film is never a cake walk for any actor,no matter how popular,big or consistent some one is.Srk consistency is admirable so is aaamir these achievement.

  • @sky why are you fighting with me???? The reason why I said so is because srk’s hypocrite fans never accept aamir’s achievement, so why should we support their manipulator star???? srk fans are united, and because of fans like you there is no such unity in aamir fans. All I want to say is just be yourself and be loyal to the star whose fan you are. and if Yrf chose srk again and again in same repetitive romantic movies, than raju choses aamir because he can play any kinds of role. srk can’t go beyond romantic genre. he was looking like a clown in don 2.

    @Sem, before calling aamir’s movies verdict fake, you must be aware of you manipulator star’s fake verdicts. so better to shut your mouth. don 2 was semi hit and ra.one was flop. period. anyways I am laughing at moron haters like you as aamir is officially much bigger star than that manipulator overactor.

  • @suchit look at cry baby is crying why should amirians fight

    Mr suchit sky is honest enough that he can accept the fate of movies not lyk you who make your fav star shame demanding & believing wrong verdict…u can happy with fake verdict not me that s difference between some sensible fans lyk sky…
    Sky its alwz great to take on with you buddy

  • @sem lol, you idiot, cry baby, before calling me cry baby you have proved to be bigger cry baby than your cry baby manipulator overactor srk. your IQ is less than 3 years old kid. first grow up and than talk to me you. SRK is the king of manipulations, fakeness, mand buddhi, and what not????
    these are the official verdicts of that manipulator over actor.

    MNIK- semi hit
    ra.ONe- Flop
    Don 2- Semi hit
    JTHJ- hit
    CE- Manipulated Blockbuster
    HNY – semi hit

  • @suchit if u have some sense left or some knowledge then u accept & amir movies data is accurate not fake as you given for srk…grow up and dont make yourself fool…what amir is doing today that have done years b4 by srk,salman and HR also did that..

  • @sem you duffer, aamir was, is and will remain biggest star of bollywood. don’t even dare to compare srk, salman and hrithik to their baap aamir. hrithik was nothing without his papa, neither he is witout his papa.same thing goes for salman who is nothing without masala remakes or masala original movies. and srk????? who is he?? always riding in heroines’ shoulders or YRF/Dharma/ Rohit shetty’s shoulders. aamir has given mega hits without all these supporting factors. no one cares about salman, hrithik and haklu srk now. aamir is baap of them. period. you better grow up. some small past events doesn’t make srk, salman and hrithik bigger than aamir. aamir was, is and will remain much much bigger than all these 3 talentless useless actors. I gave you official verdicts. now get some brain first and then comment.

  • Yes……I am really proud to say that I am an Aamir Khan …..My favourite. Aamir Khan evergreen filim is Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander…Pehla Nssasha…..that song is best loveble song which I have ever seen & my favourite star is the No : 1 actor in bollywood…..Aamir ji….the entire nation is with you….continue with blockbusters…love you so much….
    your No : 1 fan Ranjith frm Kerala…

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