Dangal and Baahubali 2 are not done with creating new clubs and demolishing the existing ones. On a day that news came in that Aamir Khan’s Dangal has earned Rs 1000 crore only from China, SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 box office collection from its Hindi version created the Rs 500 crore club in Bollywood. Trade tracker Ramesh Bala tweeted, “#Baahubali2TheConclusion becomes da 1st Hindi movie to create a new club – The ₹ 500 Cr All-India Nett Club! 33 Days India Nett: ₹ 500.25 Cr.” According to Maoyan, a popular ticketing website in China which is connected to most of the theatres in the country, Dangal’s gross earnings has crossed one billion RMB (app Rs 1000 crore), joining the exclusive club of just 32 films in China cinema history.
Dangal is an unstoppable force of nature at the China box office. On Monday, thanks to its stupendous performance in China, Aamir Khan’s film created a new club — the Rs 1700 crore club! Dangal trumped Baahubali 2 on Sunday to become India’s biggest blockbuster ever but it seems the film is not ready to rest on its laurels. Trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted, “#Dangal is the 1st Indian Movie to enter ₹ 1,700 Cr WW GBOC Club! #China – ₹ 942 Cr #Taiwan – ₹ 32 Cr Row – ₹ 745 Cr Total – ₹ 1,719 Cr.” Baahubali 2 is hoping to repeat Dangal’s feat when it releases in China in some time.
Earlier, Aamir Khan gave some ‘dhobi pachad’ moves in his Dangal, Prabhas and Rana Daggubati fought the big war in Baahubali: The Conclusion. But going by their box office collections, the real clash was between the two blockbusters at the theaters. Seeing the latest figures, Dangal has trumped Baahubali 2 after a ferocious face-off. As per the worldwide collections shared by trade analyst Ramesh Bala, Dangal stands at Rs 1719 crore, while SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 stands at Rs 1633 crore. The Baahubali 2 numbers are till May 28 as Monday’s collections are yet to come in.
We saw that 2017 began on a disappointing note with OK Jaanu. The box office got a little respite with Jolly LLB 2, Kaabil and Raees, as both managed to earn Rs 100 crore. This was followed by semi-hits including Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Phillauri. And while the filmmakers kept aiming to enter the 100-crore club, the months of April-May changed the winds at the box office. While Baahubali 2 had a smooth run through the 100-crore mark in just three days, it kept adding an approx Rs 10-12 crore everyday into its kitty. It was soon declared a phenomenon, a trendsetter and a path-breaker in Indian cinema. But as they say, nothing can match Aamir Khan’s perfection. His mammoth hit of last year, Dangal, had its China release in May, and it came neck-to-neck with the SS Rajamouli film.
By Monday, Dangal’s collections stand at Rs 941.51 crore. This is its Week 4 (25 days) earnings in China alone. This has made the Aamir Khan film China’s biggest non-Hollywood earner ever. Also Dangal is India’s highest box office grosser till date. Baahubali 2 on the other hand earned Rs 1,024 crore net and Rs 1,321 crore gross in India, apart from Rs 302 crore abroad.
Though Baahubali 2 lags behind by just a few crores, but seeing the pace with which it is running even after a month of its release, Dangal is surely going to have a tough time maintaining its numero uno hold. Adding to this is Baahubali 2’s impending release in China in June. Can Dangal manage to hold on to its crown? Watch this space for more.