Dangal knocks out Sultan in week 2
Mumbai - Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' seems keen to go on upsetting set records. While it joined the Rs 100 crore club in its first week, it claims to have become the first Hindi film to collect Rs 100 crore in week two as well.
The film collected Rs 106.84 crore in the second week, taking its total collections to Rs 304.38 crore.
2016 saw a classic fight between ‘Sultan’ and ‘Dangal’, a biopic of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his family. The ultimate winner will be known in early 2017 as ‘Dangal’ entered the ring only on 23 December. The movie mopped up Rs 192.29 crore until 31 December. Now it it has already entered the Rs 300-crore club.
Joining the Rs 100-crore club in its first weekend, ‘Dangal’ surpassed Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’, which took four days to cross the mark.
On Day 3, the total net weekend collection stood at Rs 106.95 crore (gross collection at Rs 148.45 crore) including Rs 1.07 crore from the Tamil and Telugu markets.
2016 saw the release of some big-budget films like ‘Airlift’, ‘Sultan’, ‘Aae Dil Hai Mushkil’, ‘Shivaay’, ‘Mohenjo Daro’, ‘Dishoom’, ‘Fan’, ‘Fitoor’ and ‘Housefull 3’. Just eight Bollywood films entered the Rs 100-crore club in 2016.
The 100-cr Bollywood club( by December )
‘Sultan’ – Rs 300 cr ‘
Dangal’ – Rs 192 cr
‘Ms Dhoni’ – Rs 132 cr ‘
Airlift’ – Rs 129 cr
‘Rustom’ – Rs 127 cr
‘Aae Dil hai Mushkil’ – Rs 112 cr
‘Housefull 3’ – Rs 107 cr
‘Shivaay’ – Rs 100 c
For the business of Hindi films, 2016 was largely an average year as it witnessed several shocking flops and mediocre performances at the box office. The jolt spread to studios and darkened their outlook on the future profitability of Bollywood movies unless course corrections were made. Disney India and Balaji Telefilms reviewed and suspended their film production businesses. Even Eros International became cautious and did not go ahead with some big titles. Despite the success of Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ coming at the fag end of the year, there wasn’t enough cheer to spread. The consensus was that budgets had to be right-sized and star costs had to fall. In a year that possibly saw a de-growth in box-office revenues, streamlining costs is a compulsion. A total of 120 Hindi films were released in 2016, of which only eight Bollywood films entered the Rs 100-crore club. The alarming truth is that in a quarter which saw the release of ‘The Jungle Book’, Hollywood actually did better than Bollywood at the box office.
As in 2015, Salman Khan rightly remained the king of this year’s box-office collection with his single release ‘Sultan’. Produced by Yash Raj Films, the film earned Rs 300 crore (Rs 3 billion) in the domestic market and Rs 584.25 crore worldwide. Starring Anushka Sharma in the female lead, it also became the only film of the year to gross Rs 180.36 crore in its first weekend. 'Dangal' came in at the fag end to knock it off its perch though.