Aamir’s “Dangal”, that released on December 23, earned Rs 29.78 crore in India on its opening day, while “Sultan, featuring Salman, had grossed Rs 36.54 crore on the opening day (July 6, 2016).
“The film (`Dangal’) has got a terrific opening of Rs 29 crore and it will continue to grow. It will sustain due to the word of mouth publicity. There is a possibility that it might touch the Rs 100-crore mark over the weekend. The film will have its own shelf life, it will run for multiple weeks..and might even break the record of Rajkumar Hirani’s `PK’,” exhibitor Akshay Rathi told PTI.
The Nitesh Tiwari-directed “Dangal” has Aamir playing the role of real life Haryana grappler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters Geeta and Babita in wrestling.
In the Ali Abbas Zaffar-helmed “Sultan”, Salman played a fictitious character. Apparently, “Sultan” collected Rs 180 crore in the first weekend and its total collection worldwide stood at a whopping Rs 584.25 crore.
Rathi insists Aamir (51), considered a methodical actor, does not evoke mass hysteria like Salman (50).
“Salman has a huge fan following, people primarily go to watch his film because of him. Aamir is not a mass star but his name is associated with great content and quality cinema, his films are entertaining and engaging and the audience loves this combination,” he added.
Reportedly, “Dangal” released in 5,300 screens – 4,300 in the domestic market and 1,000 overseas. “Sultan” was released in 5,100 screens – 4,100 in India and 1,000 in the international market.
As per reports, “Sultan” was made at an estimated budget of Rs 90 crore, including Rs 20 crore on print and publicity. The budget of “Dangal” is estimated to be Rs 70 crore.