Aamir Khan’s PK has become the highest box office revenue collector from Bollywood ever. The film, released on December 19, 2014, started this year with Rs 14 crore in collections on Thursday and followed it up with Rs 6.5 crore collection on the following day. Its total collection in India since release now stands at Rs 285 crore, Rs 15 crore short of the much anticipated Rs 300 crore mark.
Aamir Khan thus now has two movies in the top five collection after beating his own record since the highest collecting movie until now was Dhoom 3 (December 2013). At number three is Kick, the Salman Khan starrer (Rs 233 crore) followed by Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express at Rs 227 crore. The fifth on the list is Happy New Year, also starring SRK. Interestingly, the Khans, who have had a very good year at the box office in 2014, dominate the five highest earning films in Bollywood.
With another free weekend to go, trade analysts are optimistic that the film will cross the Rs 300 crore mark by Sunday.
PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani is a satirical take on the religious preachings of godmen in the country today and challenges some of these with the logic of someone absolutely unaccustomed to the concept of religion. It has stirred up controversies across the country on-ground and online. While political and religious outfits have been demanding a ban on the movie, there are those who have come out in support of the film as well.
Social media has been abuzz with the movie’s content and the debate around it as well. Twitter hashtags of PKDebate, BanPK and SupportPK were trending nationally in the time following the film’s release. The makers of the movie nd its stars however have maintained silence over the issue by and large.
PK has been co-produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra in association with Disney’s UTV Motion Pictures. The film’s cost is estimated at Rs 100 crore and was released in 4,000 screens pan India. Internationally, the film was released in 844 screens with wide releases in North America, UK, Australia, Middle East and Pakistan.
PK has collected Rs 130 crore (approx) overseas, with record collections in North America, Middle East and Australia.