The week that Salman Khan created and dominated over the last few years, is arguably the biggest weekend to release films in Bollywood. Eid releases are always special and this year will be no different.
As Salman gears up for yet another record-breaking weekend this year, we take a look at the opening day, lifetime, number of screens and some interesting facts related to the big Eid weekend.
|Wanted (2009)||1400||5.2 cr||61 cr||Super Hit|
|Dabangg (2010)||1900||15.1 cr*||143 cr||All Time Blockbuster|
|Bodyguard (2011)||2800||21.4 cr*||145 cr||Blockbuster|
|Ek Tha Tiger (2012)||3400||32.9 cr*||199 cr||Blockbuster|
|Chennai Express (2013)||3600||33.1 cr*||227 cr||All Time Blockbuster|
|Kick (2014)||4000||26.5 cr||233 cr||Blockbuster|
|4100||27.25 cr||321 cr||All Time Blockbuster|
|Sultan (2016)||4400||36.54 cr*||301 cr||All Time Blockbuster|
As you can see from the table above, the growth in business year-on-year for every new Eid release is staggering. With last year being the only exception when a film didn’t break the previous years record by a huge margin.
The difference last year was, it was the only year in the last 5 years when a Salman Khan film didn’t hit screens during Eid. It was his arch-rival Shahrukh Khan who released his film Chennai Express in theatres, and although the film didn’t break previous records by a huge margin, it went on to be the highest grosser of all time, beating the 43-month old record of 3 Idiots.
The fact that this year Salman returns to his favourite weekend is creating all the hype and excitement, not just amongst the audience, media and fans.. but also the trade.
Some interesting Eid weekend facts
- Dabangg in 2010 became the first film to collect more than 15 crore on a single day at the box office.
- Bodyguard in 2011 became the first film to collect more than 20 crore on its opening day (also the biggest ever day back then).
- It was again during the Eid weekend that Ek Tha Tiger became the first to breach the 30 crore opening day and single-day mark. Can Kick collect 40 crore on more on a single day?
- No Eid release in the last 4 years have attained less than ‘Blockbuster’ status. Two films have gone on to be ‘All Time Blockbusters’ – Dabangg and Chennai Express.
- The average year-on-year growth of opening day business on Eid is 71.25%, with Dabangg being the best performer. If this year’s release KICK manages the average growth, it would collect a mind-boggling Rs 56 crore on its opening day which is highly unrealistic to achieve or expect. 2014 could well be the first year when the first day business is actually lower than last few years because Kick releases on a non-holiday, during the Ramadan period and in the month of July when torrential rain affects business in Mumbai.