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Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ is India’s top box office grosser
MUMBAI: Despite all the controversies, demands for ban and protests, Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ is continuing its dream run at the box office. Creating history, the film has become the top-grossing Hindi movie of all times!
By the end of its third weekend, the film has collected a net of Rs 305.27 crore (Rs 3.05 billion) at the domestic box office. With this, it has become the only film to cross Rs 300 crore (Rs 3 billion) mark as well. Overall, the film has grossed Rs 567.7 crore (Rs 5.68 billion) worldwide.
“’PK’s box office performance is unprecedented both in India and internationally, with each successive day of its theatrical run setting new benchmarks. Our distribution strategy ensured the widest possible availability for the movie across all key markets and ‘PK’ is now the highest-grossing Hindi film ever in India, North America, Australia and many other countries,” Disney India VP and head of marketing and distribution – studios Amrita Pandey said.
Interestingly, with ‘PK’ crossing the Rs 300 crore milestone, Aamir Khan has become the only star to start all three clubs, namely Rs 100 crore (‘Ghajini’), Rs 200 crore (‘3 Idiots’) and now Rs 300 crore (‘PK’).
“We have always taken pride as a studio in our ability to create, back and collaborate with the best. ‘PK’ is another shining example of that, with an incredibly successful collaboration between Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Disney India,” she added.
In the overseas markets also, ‘PK’ is setting new benchmarks. The cumulative gross box office of ‘PK’ so far is around $23 million (Rs 143.7crore), making it the third ever highest grossing Indian film in the overseas markets.
The film has also become the highest-grossing Indian film ever in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Released on 19 December last year, the film had received mostly favourable, but less than expected, reviews and had a slow start. It also ran into a lot of controversies with many Hindu religious groups demanding a ban on it.
Among the top five grossers, Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan have two films each, while Salman Khan has one. The list is dominated by Aamir Khan with ‘PK’, followed by ‘Dhoom 3’. Salman’s ‘Kick’ is third, followed by SRK’s ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Happy New Year’.