Hailed as the king of box office (domestic) superstar Salman Khan is probably the biggest actor in India in terms of audience size and box office numbers in the last decade. While his diehard loyal fans never fail to show love for his films, it seems like Race 3 is lacking behind other Salman films released in the last eight years.
Salman made his comeback to stardom with 2009’s Wanted and there was no turning back ever since. He followed the success of the film with some of the most iconic films of all time like Dabangg, Ek Tha Tiger, Kick, Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai.
But the same can’t be said for Bhaijaan’s latest film, Race 3, which is declining marginally at the box office with each passing day. Salman’s Eid gift to his fans was a bumper bonanza as the film became the fastest film ( three days) of 2018 to collect Rs 100 crore. However, after the opening weekend, the film has been on a slide at the box office.
The film witnessed 50% drop in the collections on first Monday as compared to the opening day figure of Rs 29.17 crore. This was still fine as the first Monday always witness a marginal drop in the collections and Salman film fared well by collecting Rs 14.24 crore.
However, the film witnessed its first major setback on day six when the film earned Rs 9.25 crore. This was the first day, the film earned in single digits. The figure on the sixth day is impressive for any other film but for Salman, this might be a shocker for Bhai fans.
Race 3 has so far earned Rs 142 crore and the film is expected to cross Rs 150-crore mark at the box office on its seventh day. Before it does so, let’s take a look at the collection of Salman’s films in the last five years.
Dabangg 2: Rs 108.7 crore
Jai Ho: Rs 88.58 crore
Kick: Rs 163.31 crore
Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Rs 184.62 crore
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: Rs 172.82 crore
Sultan: 229.16 crore
Tubelight: Rs 106.86 crore
Tiger Zinda Hai: Rs 206.04 crore
The films have been listed from the year 2012 to 2017 (2013 was the only year where Salman had no release). Going by the last five years, the highest grossing film in the opening week is Sultan with a whopping Rs 229.16 crore while the lowest being Jai Ho with Rs 88.58 crore (2014 release).
As per predictions by trade pundits and industry trackers, Race 3 is expected to close its opening week business on Rs 150 crore, which means the film will be listed just above the bottom three films; Dabangg 2, Jai Ho and Tubelight. So, Race 3 is not Salman’s most impressive films as the film failed to beat Salman’s own previous records set by his all time blockbuster films like Sultan, Bajrangi Bhaijan and Tiger Zinda Hai. Still, Race 3 is Salman’s 13th consecutive record setting Rs 100-crore film (domestically) and the fourth overall film to gross Rs 100 crore in the opening weekend.
Now, the film is approaching its second weekend and it will be interesting to see how it fares. Also, the film’s second week is crucial for the film’s lifetime business as another anticipated film, Sanju, releases on June 29.
Directed by Remo D’Souza. Race 3 featuring an ensemble cast was released worldwide on June 15.