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.


  • @dragon, but the audience is still watching movies like Sultan too, so it’s not entirely changed. When audience start to reject nonsense movies like Sultan, we can say they have changed.

  • its clear after 2016….salman is biggest superstar now closely followed by aamir khan….srk is way behind them at the moment at 3rd position….
    i hope 2017 bring back king at his place……


  • If dangal collects upto 370 indicine prediction would be accurate…That’s why I say they are taking too big error margin

  • Dangal was awesome film .next awesome film will be Raees bhai 25 jan srk and aamir sir are awesome actors .they are real super stars of Bollywood .iam waiting for Raees bhai …

  • this is good thing for salman if dangal make 400 club because when amir made 100 club with gajini salman achieved it 9 times and amir made 200 crore club with 3 idiots salman achieved it 4 times and amir made 300 crore club with pk salman achieved it 2 times both are true megastar

  • BOI be like- ” Dangal is doing good business but Parking fees of Rickshaws is not huge like #Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan ..”

  • Top 5 actors in bollywood
    1 amir khan
    2 salman khan
    3 shahrukh khan
    4 akshay Kumar
    5 hrith roshan
    If raees flopped like dilwale and fan srk will go to 5 No. akki to 3 and hr to 4.

  • Congrats to Aamir, Team Dangal and all Aamir fans !!!!!!! This is massive achievement, knew only Dangal could challenge Sultan. No shame being beaten by such a movie and performance of Aamir and cast. Ace Khan has taken BO to another level, he is rising the bar every time he is coming.

    – Salman Fan

  • Just look at the collections of Dangal and Sultan and rest of the movies. These two Megastars are running the show !!!!!!!!! Akki had a good year too but collections are not even half of Sultan or Dangal. Forgetable year for SRK, Hrithik and AJ. Ranbir gave a Hit after long time but he is nowhere near his best (YJHD). Sushant cant claim entire credit of MSD success but his future looks good. Ranveer, Varun, Arjun, Sid, have lot to reach the level of top superstars forget coming near Salman and Aamir. Saif, Shahid and Emraan are over now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • #dragon


    DANGAL is CDI (2007). CDI was way ahead of its time. Had CDI released in 2017 EDX instead of 2007, It will cross 350 Cr like DANGAL. Same female subjects. Same India as underdog. Same secondary non-cricket sport (hockey instead of wrestling). “Kuch kariye bas bas bada bole” would’ve become national anthem easily with all the jokes referring to cash crunch in India today.

    ANDAZ APNA APNA would’ve probably crossed 450 Cr easily had it released on 2017 Christmas Solo.

    SWADES with its patriotic subject of NASA scientist from India’s remote village comes back home and literally ‘lights’ up a village with sustainable local water resources was another 350+ Crore if solo relese on Christmas.

  • Aamir Is Biggest Super Star of Bollywood

    Indicine You Always Underestimate Aamir Khan And Put His Film belows Salman’s Film
    But in Reality
    Aamir Is Baap Of Salman.
    In 2009
    3 Idiots 203cr
    Wantes 65cr
    Aamir Won by 138cr

    In 2014
    PK 340cr
    Kick 210cr
    Aamir Won By 130cr

    Now In 2016
    Dangal 400cr ( Expected)
    Sultan 300cr

    Aamir Will win By 100cr +

    Aamir Is Baap Of Salman khan Everywhere.

  • Srk – the le”gand” is actually none other than phenomenal idiot posting under a different name after he lost the bet of dangal crossing 300cr.

  • Please Indicine stop this Dangal-Dangal reviews & move on, there r more new & fresh film r coming to look there also.

  • @1:03am

    Dont be silly…. aamir rules for sure but he rules over the whole fraternity so dont just talk nonsense about 1 particular actor who imo in his own unique way also rules the boxoffice…!

  • Second wknd n second wk records will imo remain unbreakable until Diwali 2018 so I really dont see any film next yr in Aamirs absence getting close to Dangal…! First wk business helps for sure but it only takes you so far.

    IMO Only Salman can get close but both Tubelight n TZH will need super strong RICH content to ensure repeat audiences in wks 2 n 3 but I dont know if that is possible..!

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