Salman Khan’s Sultan is in top-most position, earning around `8 crore. After that, Sajid Nadiadwala’s Baaghi, which did really well in Rajasthan, earned `4 crore; then there’s Akshay Kumar’s Airlift, which made around `3 crore. Aamir Khan’s Dangal is going to be a very good film but due to demonitisation, its business will be affected by 30-40 per cent.
The production costs of all the films is not known but yet Yash Raj Films’ Sultan has topped the list, earning Rs.10 crore in our circuit. Airlift made Rs.3 crore and Neerja, starring Sonam Kapoor, earned approximately Rs.1.5 crore in CP Berar. The year is yet to end and Aamir Khan’s Dangal is yet to hit cinemas. We all know how the film will fare and how grand it will be.
Yash Raj Films’ Sultan did very well this year. It did the maximum business by earning Rs.8 crore in the Mysore circuit. Akshay Kumar’s Airlift is second, earning around Rs.4.5 crore, while his other film Rustom managed approximately Rs.3.5 crore. Sometimes we refer to an actor as a director’s actor; similarly, we could call Akshay Kumar a distributor’s actor. He does so many films a year and generates good business for the industry. I would also say Dear Zindagi did well but its business was affected by demonitisation.
Akshay Kumar is the number one actor this year, with his films Rustom and Housefull 3 securing the top two spots and grossing the biggest numbers in 2016. Sushant Singh Rajput’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story also took a good opening, while Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor’s Baaghi enjoyed a good run in single screens.
Among the more recent releases, Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shah Rukh Khan’s Dear Zindagi are competing with each other. Rustom did well in multiplexes, but the clear winner of this year is Yash Raj Films’ Sultan featuring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. Sultan had a successful run universally. Now we are waiting for Aamir Khan’s Dangal.
The most successful film of this year is Salman Khan’s Sultan, which was closely followed by Sonam Kapoor’s Neerja and Akshay Kumar’s Airlift. When you talk about return on investment, Kapoor & Sons exceeded expectations and earned good revenue at the box office. Neerja also set the cash registers ringing. Aamir Khan is releasing a film after two years and so we can expect a lot from him.
In Bihar, Salman Khan’s Sultan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s Baaghi ran successfully in both multiplexes and single screens. Akshay Kumar’s Rustom did average business and it earned less than Baaghi. Sonam Kapoor’s Neerja had a good run in multiplexes along with Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan’s Dear Zindagi. Both managed to bring in good crowds at multiplexes. The year is yet to wrap and we still have one of the biggest films of the year, Dangal yet to hit screens.
Salman Khan’s Sultan is the hands-down winner of this year when it comes to return on investment. It earned Rs.8 crore because it was released by the producers themselves, of which Rs.2.5 crore was earned by exhibitors. Fox Star Studios’ Neerja featuring Sonam Kapoor was released by them on 100 per cent profit. Akshay Kumar’s Airlift was not sold; instead it was released on commission, and yet it earned profits for the makers. Now we are waiting for Dangal to hit cinemas.
The biggest winners of this year were Akshay Kumar’s Rustom, Salman Khan’s Sultan and, again, Akshay Kumar’s Airlift. Neerja did average business while we had expectations from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay but these two films sustained major losses. Even Mirzya was a disastrous flop. Dangal will break many records and we need to wait only a week to see how big the film is.
The highest and the biggest openers in our circuit were Sultan, Rustom and Airlift. All three films clocked big numbers at the box-office for us. All the three films can be considered the biggest hits of 2016. Akshay Kumar is one of the most bankable actors in our country. We are now just a week away from Dangal releasing.
The biggest films of 2016 in our circuit were Sultan, Baaghi and Rustom. These films took the biggest openings and sustained for a long time in cinemas. All these films fared well in multiplexes as well as single screens in Bihar. Now we are eagerly await Dangal as we are sure that the film will gain the maximum NBOC at the ticket windows in our circuit as well as all-India.