Whenever it’s the auspicious occasion of Eid in India, we have (almost) always seen a Salman Khan film release in theatres. Not only do these films turn out to be a total paisa-vasool affair for the audiences, they even bring the distributors and exhibitors a lot of joy.
So, a little ahead of Salman Khan’s next Eidi, Race 3, let’s take a look at how his previous cinematic Eid feasts have been received by his fans, critics and the distributors alike!
1) Wanted – 2009
After a series of duds, we got to see Salman Khan in a never-before-seen avatar in the Prabhu Deva-directed Wanted, an official remake of the south blockbuster Pokhri. The film collected approximately 60 crores back in September ’09, which is not a bad score at all!
2) Dabangg – 2010
Khan’s second Eidi in September 2010, Dabangg introduced his Chulbul Pandey side to the audience! Ths Salman Khan-starrer was Sonakshi Sinha’s debut film. During its theatrical run, the film minted a figure of nearly 140 crores.
3) Ek Tha Tiger – 2012
Salman Khan proved his action mettle yet again with 2012’s Ek Tha Tiger, in which, alongside Khan, we saw Katrina Kaif as Zoya. The film is directed by Tubelight director Kabir Khan. It was taken off the silver screens after it minted a humongous total of 198 crores.
4) Kick – 2014
Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick brought Bhai and Jacqueline Fernandez together for the first time ever to the celluloid. At the end of its time at the ticket counters, Salman’s 2014 Eid release stood at a figure of 233 crores.
5) Bajrangi Bhaijaan – 2015
Kabir Khan’s second outing with Bhai, Bajrangi Bhaijaan showed us a Salman Khan who was at his vulnerable best and even stripped away from his larger-than-life persona. This time around, the talking point was the kind of bond that was shared by Khan and debutante child artist Harshaali Malhotra on-screen. The film is the second-highest domestic grosser for Khan as it stands on a figure of roughly 320 crores.
6) Sultan – 2016
Perhaps until Sultan, although admittedly Khan had the physique for it, no one would have expected our Bhaijaan to do a sports-based film, but it all changed when Khan was seen as a wrestler in search of redemption in his first film with Tiger Zinda Hai director Ali Abbas Zafar. Sultan, which also saw Anushka Sharma in a pivotal part, stood at a figure of 300 crores on its last day.
7) Tubelight – 2017
As many say, third time is a charm, but that rule clearly didn’t hold its ground in the case of Khan’s third collaboration with Kabir Khan, Tubelight. This presentation has its fair share of gems, but that only helped it make a dismal amount of 121 crores. One would argue that a figure like that is fairly decent, but it has been the lowest yet for a Salman Khan film and the film did indeed cause some serious losses to the distributors.
But now, we are hoping that Khan gives us enough reasons to forgive him of his last Eidi with Race 3, and by the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like we will be complaining in any way.
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