Dangal is a juggernaut at the box office and Aamir Khan is back to being Bollywood's magician who can serve us entertainment and a message every single time. With no major film releases this weekend, Aamir Khan's Dangal continues to rule the box office by minting Rs 216.12 crore by its eighth day of release, in the domestic market.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to announce Dangal's business on Day 8 of its second week. He wrote, “Dangal maintains a STRONG GRIP on Day 8… All set for a SMASHING Weekend 2… [Week 2] Fri 18.59 cr. Total: ₹ 216.12 cr nett. India biz.”
Taran is hopeful that the blockbuster will soon cross the Rs 300 crore mark too. In another tweet, he mentioned that Dangal will easily become one of the films to enter the mega club at the box-office. “At the speed at which #Dangal is sprinting, ₹ 300 cr is an easy target… Will be 4th film to achieve it. [#PK, #BajrangiBhaijaan, #Sultan].”
Along with the domestic market, the film's business is going strong even at the international scene. After minting over Rs. 100 crores in the very first week, Dangal has earned Rs 122. 59 crores in the international markets till Friday, December 30th. Taran took to Twitter and wrote, “#Dangal crosses $ 18 million internationally. OVERSEAS – Total till Fri, 30 Dec: $ 18.04 million [₹ 122.59 cr]. Some screens yet to report.”
As the second highest grosser of 2016, the only film ahead of it is Salman Khan's Sultan. Another sports film, Sultan had Salman playing a worn-out wrestler looking for redemption and it grossed over Rs 300 crore at the BO. Can Dangal beat Sultan at the box office game?
If both, overseas collection and money made from the domestic market are taken into account, Dangal has already crossed 300 crore mark.
Dangal is about Mahavir Phogat who instead of teaching his daughters how to be perfect housewives, chose to think unconventionally and trained his daughters for wrestling, a sport which is also dominated by men. The fact that he belonged to a small village in Haryana made his journey so much more difficult.
Geeta and Babita have said in various interviews that Aamir Khan's portrayal of their father was actually too kind. He was a lot more 'haanikarak' in reality. He would often hit his daughters ( for their own benefit) if he ever thought that it was necessary. Nevertheless, it was the inner strength of Mahavir Singh Phogat which encouraged Geeta Phogat to become India's first ever gold medal winner in women's wrestling category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.