It was a phase when Salman Khan had a torrid run with Marigold: An Adventure in India (2007), God Tussi Great Ho (2008) and Yuvvraaj (2008), all failing to make any impression at the box office. Untill the Eid silsila started!
Wanted (2009): This Prabhu Deva-directed action flick was the remake of Telugu hit Pokiri, starring Mahesh Babu. Playing a cop who goes undercover as a gangster, Salman tasted super success at the BO with this film after a prolonged lean spell
Dabangg (2010): If Wanted was Salman's return to form, the Abhinav Kashyap-directed film consolidated the star's position as an action hero. Salman played the cop (Chulbul Pandey) again with effortless ease, and the film set the cash registers ringing
Bodyguard (2011): Even as Salman turned from police wallah to bodyguard, his film's fate did not suffer. Despite a weak script, the bankable Khan's screen presence and action sequences were enough to help the film sail through at the BO
Ek Tha Tiger (2012): Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's espionage thriller was not just a blockbuster but was one the first films of Khan that reached a whopping mark of 198 crores (almost missed Salman Khan's entry to the 200 crore club)
Kick (2014): Well, Salman Khan gave the year 2013 a miss for Eid release, as he made way for his friend Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express. However, Sallu was back in 2014 with Sajid Nadiadwala's Kick, opposite Jacqueline Fernandez and Randeep Hooda. The film was a super-success and marked Salman Khan's first film the 200 crore club. Kick collected around 233 crore at the Box Office
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015): After the grand success of Kabir Khan-Salman Khan's collaboration Ek Tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan too became a succeful venture. The film was Eid's biggest release so far in terms of Box Office collection. Bajrangi Bhaijaan made it to the 300 crore club and has set a benchmark for Eid releases as it collected 321 crores nett.
Sultan (2016): This Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer too managed to enter the 300 crore club. Sultan was lauded by critics for its songs, drama, the fresh pairing of Anushka and Salman and their wrestling scenes!
Tubelight (2017): This was the most non-Salman film that the superstar has ever done in his career. And the fact that he's actually acting the hell out of this movie, rather than making do with his casual swag, made it even more special, if not almost historic! However, fans gave a thumbs down to this one mostly as they didn't enjoy seeing 'bhai crying'. As the film flopped big time at the Box Office, it also broke the chain of back-to-back hit Eid deliveries by Salman Khan
Race 3 (2018): This year's Eid release is going to hit theatres on June 15. Talking about the film's advance booking, distributor, Amit Awasthi, said, "The response for Race 3 is extraordinary from all the centres and there is a huge demand from exhibitors to screen the film. Early reports from major theatres including Delite Cinema and Sheila Cinema in Delhi are currently recording a trend better than Salman’s last release. In UP as well, the movie is in great demand, with every theatre across the state keen on running the film in multiple screens."
Despite a delay in Ramazan this season, the collections have been exceptionally high. One of Race 3's distributors Ramnathan shared, "Places like Nagpur, Raipur, Bilaspur, Jabalpur and Korba have recorded excellent advance bookings, while Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra, and parts of Madhya Pradesh are pretty strong. When the film opens on Friday, it is sure to be a super hit, there are no second thoughts about it."
We'll wait and watch to see how 'Race 3' fares at the box office! Will Race 3 cross 320 crores beating Salman Khan's best Eid record at the Box Office?
As Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's much-awaited film 'Race 3' hits the screens, we look back at his Eid releases through the years! Which is your favourite?