Box office: Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' stuns, but Salman Khan's 'Sultan' wins round 1

Updated: Dec 28, 2016, 11:10 IST | Sonil Dedhia

Trade experts blame Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' not breaking box office records on cash crunch, suggest the film will overtake Salman Khan's 'Sultan' in the long run

Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan

When two films on a common setting are made, comparisons are but inevitable. The fact that one starred Salman Khan and the other, Aamir Khan, makes the debate all the more interesting. Critics are done comparing notes, and now trade hawks are keeping a keen eye on the box office. So far, Aamir Khan's 'Dangal', which hit theatres last Friday, has failed to overtake Salman's Eid release, 'Sultan'.


Salman Khan in a still from 'Sultan'

On day one, Dangal made Rs 29.19 crore from its Hindi version, with an additional Rs 59 lakh from its Tamil and Telugu versions, taking the total to a solid Rs 29.78. However, compared to 'Sultan', it fell short by nearly Rs 7 crore.

As expected, critical acclaim and word of mouth buzz boosted the business of the pre-Christmas release, but didn't match up to Sultan's day 2 figures. So, within the first two days, 'Dangal' had raked in Rs 64.40 crore, about Rs 9 crore less than Rs 73.74 crore of 'Sultan'.

Trade analyst Amod Mehra says the industry is still reeling under the after effects of demonetisation. "The collection for Dangal has been fantastic in multiplexes, but has suffered a hit in single screen theatres where a movie-goer generally buys tickets in cash," he says.

Echoing the thought, box office pundit Amul Mohan says, "Due to note ban, smaller centres are still struggling. But, I feel that despite tough times, the collection of Dangal in the first two days is no mean feat. Salman and Aamir are in different leagues and their movie releases are like a big event, so I am sure Dangal will score well at the box office."

Reasoning why Aamir failed to beat Salman, trade expert Komal Nahta says it's because 'Dangal' released on a non-holiday. "Christmas was on a Sunday, which is anyway a holiday. So, I feel 'Sultan' had a bit of a public holiday advantage; it had hit screens on a Wednesday and then had a legit weekend to follow. But, I still feel 'Dangal' will shatter all box office records, including that of 'Sultan', in the long run."

Box office collections

'Dangal'
Day 1 Rs 29.78 cr
Day 2 Rs 34.82 cr

'Sultan'
Rs 36.54 cr
Rs 37.2 cr

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