Dear cine-goers, a whole lot of love from Team Dangal:
Thank you for all the love and warmth, and thank you for owning our film. Love. Team Dangal.? Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) December 27, 2016
Dangal released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions, all of which comprise the box office numbers. It broke the record held by Salman Khan's Sultan whose highest one day collection was recorded at Rs 39 crores. Salman also starred as a Haryanvi wrestler in Ali Abbas Zafar's Sultan, which released in July. Dangal wrestled currency ban better than its Bollywood counterparts like Shah Rukh Khan's Dear Zindagi and Befikre - which opened in the wake of the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh provided a day-wise break up of Dangal's box office collections:
#Dangal has an INCREDIBLE Mon... Fri 29.78 cr, Sat 34.82 cr, Sun 42.35 cr, Mon 25.48 cr. Total: Rs 132.43 cr. India biz. FABULOUS!? taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 27, 2016
Aamir Khan's film, which released a day early in USA than the scheduled date in India, also has impressive international box office numbers.
#Dangal has a PHENOMENAL run in the international markets... Grosses close to Rs 9 million in its opening weekend itself... contd.? taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 26, 2016
#Dangal - OVERSEAS - Till Sun: Rs 9 million [Rs 60.99 cr]. Some screens yet to report. Best in UAE-GCC [Rs 2.78 mn] & N America [approx $ 4 mn]? taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 26, 2016
Just a day before Dangal hit theatres, Aamir confessed to having hiding in a store room out of nervousness. Talking to reporters at a screening of Dangal, he said: "I'm really nervous. Yesterday I had literally been hiding in the store room of Yash Raj Films so that no one could see me. I have been constantly thinking about Dangal and it's driving me crazy. Numbers do not matter to me, neither do awards. The audience liking my film is equivalent to winning an award for me," he said.
Salman Khan's family were the special guests at the theatre the same day. Salman was kind enough to share their feedback on Twitter:
Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal is inspired from the true story of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who trained his daughters - Geeta and Babita - in wrestling. The Phogat sisters won India's first medals in female wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Actresses Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra featured as Geeta and Babita while Aamir played two versions of the protagonist - the young wrestling champion and a middle-aged father. Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar star as younger Geeta and Babita. TV actress Sakshi Tanwar was Mahavir Phogat's wife Daya Kaur.