Dangal beats Sultan to become the Highest Grossing Film of 2016

Aamir Khan’s Dangal has become the highest grossing film of 2016, breaking the record of Salman Khan’s Sultan in just 13 days after its release. The film has managed to do so in record time without the extra national holiday that most Christmas releases have got in the last few years.

Credit should almost entirely go to Aamir Khan for seeing through a film that didn’t look entirely commercial, neither did it have a big acclaimed director nor a popular heroine. In fact, Dangal did not seem to have any of those commercial ingredients that make films a record-grosser, yet a huge section of the multiplex audience have found the film to be more entertaining than many of the commercial blockbusters that have released in the last few years.

Dangal has also proven that content is the absolute king at the box office and there is nothing that’s bigger than positive word-of-mouth. Stardom does take a backseat after the first weekend, but big names like Aamir and Salman ensure that a bigger section of the public are willing to spend their hard-earned money on their films.

In the last 10 years, when the entertainment options have increased along with ticket prices getting exorbitant, only two actors and five films have managed to bring more than 3 crore people to theatres for their films. The films are 3 Idiots, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, PK, Sultan and now Dangal. The names, we all know.

Dangal is almost certain to become the highest grosser of all time and it’ll be a record that 2017 films will find it extremely difficult to beat.

We have the final list of collections of 2016 films below, the first two films are light years ahead of the rest. Remove their films and 2016 will be one of the worst years in history.

MovieReleaseVerdictDay 1WeekendWeek 1Total
Dangal23 DecAll Time
Sultan6 JulyAll Time
The Jungle Book4 AprilBlockbuster10.0940.4774.08188.72
M S Dhoni30 SepHit21.3066.0094.13132.85
Airlift22 JanSuper Hit12.3544.3083.5128.45
Rustom12 AugSuper Hit14.1150.4290.9127.48
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil 28 OctHit13.3035.6080.19112.14
Housefull 303 JunHit15.2153.3180.1109.14
Shivaay28 OctFlop10.2428.5670.4191.90
FAN15 AprilFlop19.2052.3571.584.10
Baaghi29 AprilSuper Hit11.9438.5859.7276.34
Neerja19 FebSuper Hit4.7022.0135.3276.20
Kapoor And Sons18 MarSuper Hit6.8526.3546.9373.29
Dishoom29 JulyAbove
Pink16 SepHit4.3225.2935.9163.45
Dear Zindagi25 NovHit8.7532.5047.0061.49
Udta Punjab17 JunAbove
Befikre9 DecFlop10.3634.4348.7559.30
Mohenjo Daro12 AugDisaster8.8730.5451.1858.00
Ki and Ka1 AprHit7.3025.2337.5752.31
Wazir7 JanAverage5.6121.0130.0541.02
A Flying Jatt25 AugFlop7.1020.4535.6038.61
Mastizaade29 JanAverage5.5918.4528.7436.44
Ghayal Once Again5 FebFlop7.2023.2533.2535.7
Azhar13 MayFlop6.3020.829.7033.65
Force 218 NovFlop6.0520.0530.1533
Jai Gangaajal4 MarFlop5.5017.725.232.63
Baar Baar Dekho09 SepFlop6.8121.1629.4031.21
Kahaani 2 2 DecFlop4.2516.9724.2630.56
Kya Kool Hain Hum 322 JanFlop8.1520.1529.6530.25
Raaz Reboot16 SepFlop6.3018.0926.7330.23
Happy Bhag Jayegi19 AugAbove
Akira02 SepFlop5.1520.0526.3928.71
Sanam Re12 FebAverage5.0417.0525.8227.74
Sarbjit20 MayFlop3.6913.9622.0927.38
Rocky Handsome25 MarFlop7.1616.1222.8525.16
Fitoor12 FebDisaster3.6114.1118.6119.28
TE3N10 JuneAverage2.61 11.1316.3419.08
1920 London6 MayAverage2.507.7312.4515.45
Saala Khadoos29 JanFlop2.199.9312.6314.79
Freaky Ali09 SepFlop2.558.5013.5014.62
Teraa Surroor11 MarFlop1.796.4611.3814.15
Mirzya7 OctDisaster2.206.5010.0110.42
Rock On 211 NovDisaster2.417.0110.0110.01
Sanam Teri Kasam5 FebFlop1.254.668.669.11
Banjo23 SepFlop1.725.928.678.67
Love Games8 AprilFlop1.


  • It was the better film. I love how 2016 has shaped up. A decade ago films like neerja and pink would have flopped and dangal would not have collected this much. The audience is changing.

  • Congratulations Aamir from Salmaniac:
    Compitation me Maza Aayega ab.
    My Tubelight prediction if wom is like Bajrangi Bhaijaan :-
    Fri :- 33-34 cr
    Sat:- 38-39 cr
    Sun :- 43-45
    Wknd :- 116-118 cr
    Mon (Eid) :- 40 cr
    Tue :- 34 cr
    Wed :- 27 cr
    Thur :- 23 cr
    Week 1:- 242 cr
    Weekend 2:- 60 cr
    After week 2 :- 340 cr
    3rd week :- 380 cr
    LT :- 400 cr +

  • Agree with Dragon. Audience is definitely appreciating and putting in money on the films wherein the Content is given precedence. Dangal is a very fine film and close to a cinematic achievement where the attention span of the audience is reduced heavily and overall attendance is competing with the Hollywood Movies. I am pretty sure everyone is now taking a cue and working on making sure the content is addressed in the movies.

  • Congrats To Aamir Khan for another Big success.
    So Industry is running on only 2 stars now .
    I am just talking about Most Earning Movies. SULTAN & DANGAL
    Others are just trying hard to give a ((HIT)) Status. wow

  • dangal deserved to be hgoty. Aamir puts his heart & soul in film thats why it takes 2 years as he involves in film from scripting stage to till release over. many best wom films are there of big b,nawaz,irfan,manoj but they are not so big like 3idiots,bajrangi,dangal,pk,sultan etc. even if they have not released on festival they have earned 200-250cr but neerja,pink,aligarh have been released on festival it have max. 150-180cr. dangal was also not so commercial but earned on name of aamir. aamir should do one film per year for establishing crazy fan following like salman but he is right at his place to offer what is expected of him.

  • ” Dangal has also proven that content is the absolute king at the box office and there is nothing that’s bigger than positive word-of-mouth.”
    Dear SRK nd Hrithik learn something from Aamir. Both of u are huge star , after Aamir nd Salman u both are capable to give huge grosser. So stop taking your stardom for granted.
    Stardom + Content + Good release date = Huge Grosser ( No need of publicity )

  • This has been a terrible year in terms of Box office except few films which have done amazing business . Dangal deserves to be the HGOTY as it is much better than Sultan . TJB is the biggest surprise as it 2nd highest Grosser on non holiday after YJHD and highest Grosser in the month of April . Sushant has taken a huge leap with MSD as it occupies the 4th spot . All the movies find their place in Top 10 which is superb . Ranbir also finds the 8th place after 4 back to back failures . Shivaay underperformed and should have been a success . Fan was a huge disappointment in terms of content as well as Box office . Quite disappointed to see MD on the 19th spot but I damn sure Hrithik will make a massive turnaround with Kaabil . On paper 2017 is looking bigger and better than 2016 . This year Baahubali : The Conclusion, 2.0 and FF 8 will be huge Contenders for the top 10 positions . After 2002 this is only the 2nd time in his career that Hrithik will not find a place in Top 10 . I hope something like this never happens with him in the future . Cheers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aamir khan is true superstar…
    We should be proud that such actors are there in bollywood..
    What ever he touches it turns gold

  • Dangal is An Awesome Movie…

    My Choice of Best Movie This Year…
    Top 7
    Ms Dhoni…
    Tootak Tootak Tutiya…
    Kapoor n Sons…

  • This guy treats his films like a Baby..
    Trust me watch his Dangal interview with komal nahta…
    He gives undivided attention to his films DATS Y SUCH ATBBs…
    SALman ,SRK are More Business oriented.. There attention gets divided because of BEING HUMAN and KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

  • Aamir proved that he is only megastar of bollywood.
    Even at peak of his stardom salman is unable beat Aamir. SRK is not on the field and he is out of play. Fact is that Salman and SRK are over praised by fans media whereas aamir and silently wins the race.
    Hats off to proud of nation Aamir khan.

  • but big names like Aamir and Salman ensure that a bigger section of the public are willing to spend their hard-earned money on their films.

    in this only big actors are included
    not big like global star Pluto king
    Audience are smart they know that srk films are crap
    even most acclaimed film fan have rejected by Audience because film was not good only krk and indicine has given correct review of fan others r just paid or chamachas of srk

    so this year performance or entertainment wise
    dangal>> sultan >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>fan

  • Dhoom 3 was also a bad film: but did better business than KICK… Its the Love & Excitement of audience for amir movies …!

    No.1 Superstar ..

  • It will get 350 crs by the end of this weekend & considering 6cr everyday from mon onwards for nxt week it gets 42 cr more so 392 crs then 1cr everyday also it touches 400 easily.

  • So please guys don’t compare Aamir khan with other actors
    Aamir khan is the king of world in acting

    waiting for….
    kaabil 150cr
    thugs of Hindustan 500cr

  • And you are predicting figures like 265 n 285 🤣, You can’t Underestimate Aamir Khan movie and his Domination on Xmas.

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