As Dangal’s phenomenal, all-conquering run at the box office draws to a close, now is a good time to take stock of – and marvel at – the spectacular numbers and records achieved by what is now the highest-grossing Hindi film of all time.
First off, let us take a look at the film’s rapid climb to the top spot in a mere 17 days:
Day 3 – breaks into the Rs.100-crore club and takes 43rd position in the All-Time list of highest-grossing Hindi films.
Day 4 – Overtakes Ghajini’s lifetime collections, climbs to 23rd place
Days 5, 6 & 7 – Ends each day ranked 15th, 13th, and 8th, respectively
Day 8 – Crosses the Rs.200-crore mark as well as 3 Idiots’ lifetime collections, to take 7th position
Day 9 – Enters the Top 5 in 5th place
Day 10 – Crosses the Rs.250-crore mark as well as Dhoom 3’s lifetime collections, moves to 4th place
Day 14 – Crosses the Rs.300-crore mark and takes 3rd place
Day 16 – Moves to Number 2
Day 17 – Overtakes PK to become the highest-grossing Hindi film of all time
Obviously, in the course of achieving such huge cumulative numbers, the film has shattered most circuit records too and is now the highest grosser in most territories, including: Delhi-UP (Rs.80.2 crore), East Punjab (Rs.44.45 crore), CP (Rs.19.30 crore), CI (Rs.14.2 crore), Rajasthan (Rs.20.5 crore), Nizam (Rs.21.05 crore), Mysore (Rs.27.6 crore) and TNK (Rs.13.55 crore).
Zooming in a little further, Dangal now tops the All-Time collections charts for most cities too. Some of the major ones being: Mumbai City & Suburbs (`40 crore), Delhi (Rs.32 crore), Jaipur (Rs.8.85 crore), Indore (Rs.6.6 crore), Lucknow (Rs.4.7 crore), Kanpur (Rs.3.75 crore), Ghaziabad (Rs.8.5 crore) and Agra (Rs.2.25 crore).
The record-breaking (and making) spree doesn’t end there! Dangal is the first film to collect over `100 crore (gross) from a single multiplex chain, a feat it achieved at PVR Cinemas. Further, it is also the first film to collect at least Rs.1 crore (net) daily and uniterrupted for 31 days following its release, bettering the record previously shared by PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, both of which topped the Rs.1-crore mark daily for the first 26 days of their theatrical run.
The numbers notched up by the film are all the more remarkable considering the context in which they were achieved. Dangal released at a time when the country was still gripped with a cash cruch and a massive reduction in consumer spending post-demonetisation – something that undoubtedly impacted the revenues of releases after Novmber 8. However, much like in the climax of the film itself, this formidable adversary too was overcome and outclassed.
A huge round of applause is in order for everyone associated with this landmark film. But the biggest cheer must undoubtedly be reserved for the film’s leading man and producer, Aamir Khan.
Mr Khan is the undisputed Milestone Man of the Indian box office and has made a habit of going where no man has gone before! Astoundingly, Rs.100 crore (Ghajini), Rs.200 crore – and by default, the Rs.150-crore mark – (3 Idiots), Rs.250 crore (Dhoom 3) and Rs.300 crore (PK) – all these landmark thresholds have been crossed for the first time by films that feature him as the main lead. And now, with Dangal, yet another unconqured frontier – the Rs.350-crore mark – has been breached by him.
Clearly, this box office baap is anything but haanikaarak for the film business!
In fact, the the trade’s only grouse would be the two-year gap that usually separates Aamir Khan releases. And given the superstar’s penchant for addressing social issues – as evidenced by his choice of films like Dangal, PK, 3 Idiots, Taare Zameen Par and Rang De Basanti as also his TV show, Satyamev Jayate – perhaps he should look at redressing the box office’s woes too by having more frequent releases! Are you listening – Mr Khan?!