Every Eid Salman Khan fans are in for a treat. Right from the stupendous success of Wanted in 2009, every year Salman Khan has ruled the box office on this date. Shattering Box office records and creating new ones. Barring Tubelight which opened to a tepid response at the box office on Eid 2017 – each of his Eid releases have been monster hits. And now with the announcement of Salman Khan’s 2019 release, ‘Bharat’ it will mean a decade of Salman Khan’s Eid releases. And with ‘Bharat’ – Salman Khan joins hands again with two of his earlier very successful collaborations – Abbas Ali Zafar and Atul Agnihotri.
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For 2016’s Eid release, Abbas Ali Zafar directed Sultan starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. The film grossed approximately 584 crores at the box office worldwide. In fact, as per reports the film had garnered record advance booking at the time.
Abbas Ali Zafar will not only be directing Salman’s 2019 Eid release, ‘Bharat’, he is also currently working with the superstar on ‘Tiger Zinda Hain’ for Yashraj Films. This sequel to superstar’s 2012 Eid release, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ brings back the favorite onscreen couple, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan.
Salman and Agnihotri earlier collaborated on the 2011 Eid release, ‘Bodyguard’. As per reports, Bodyguard opened to an overwhelming response and to packed cinema halls, with 100% occupancy across shows. The film smashed records and went on to become the highest opener of all time across India at the time and breaking the record of Salman Khan’s 2010 Eid Release ‘Dabbang’.
But if one were to look back at all of Salman’s Eid releases, the biggest game changer for Salman Khan came with his 2009 release ‘Wanted’. ‘Wanted’ was directed by Prabhudeva and raked in approximately 60 crores at the Box office and was declared a superhit.
Before the release of ‘Wanted’, Salman Khan’s luck at the box office was running dry – with several back to back flops. Films like ‘Marigold’, ‘God Tussi Great Ho’, ‘Yuvraaj’ and ‘Heroes’. The megastar was on the verge of being written off when Wanted came along and turned the tide. Even through 2009 and 2010, a few other Salman Khan films bit the dust – ‘Main aur Mrs. Khanna’ and ‘Veer’ sank without a trace and ‘London Dreams’ was an average success.
But Salman Khan’s resilience paid off and and voila the star took off on a super successful journey at the Box Office. In fact with ‘Dabbang’, 2010’s Eid Release, Salman Khan reached cult status and his fan following took an unshakable form.
In 2011, the star was back to woo his fans with ‘Ready’, which remains the second highest grossing film of that year. And then followed it up with the stupendous success of ‘Bodyguard’ on Eid day.
The only year Salman Khan gave a miss to his Eid release was 2013, and the coveted date went to the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chennai Express. But Salman Khan more than made up for it in 2012 where he again gave his fans two back to back top grossers – Ek Tha Tiger on the Independence and Eid weekend of 2012 and then a sequel to Dabbang – Dabbang 2! While Ek Tha Tiger with a net gross of over 186 crore rupees was the highest grosser of that year, Dabbang 2 also turned out to be a huge moneyspinner with collections to the tune of approximately 1,49.5 crore rupees.
In 2014 Eid, it was ‘Kick’ that brought all the die hard Salman Khan fans back to the theatres. And given that the film smashed his earlier records and entered the 200 crore club took Salman into another league all together.
And in 2015, Salman Khan’s Eid release ‘Bhajrangi Bhaijaan’ demolished many box office records with it’s mammoth collections of over 3,15 crores. And in the same year came, ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’, which saw Salman Khan return to his first director – Sooraj Barjatya. The movie almost touched 200 crores at the box office.
On 2016 Eid, all eyes were on Sultan – with Salman Khan’s transformation to play a wrestler who’s lost his groove arousing much curiosity. It paid off with the film grossing more than 300 crore rupees and garnered worldwide gross collections of approximately 582 crores.
But somehow in 2017, the trailblazing success of Salman Khan took a slight beating with the Kabir Khan directed ‘Tubelight‘. The film’s net domestic gross was only 114.5 crore rupees and worldwide collections touched close to 207 crore rupees. More than most film collections of this year but still not as high for a Salman Khann starrer.
But Salman’s fans have two more Eid biggies to look forward to – For the upcoming Eid in 2018, Salman Khan already has ‘Race 3’ lined up with Jacqueline Fernandez. And now with the latest announcement 2019 Eid – there will Salman Khan as ‘Bharat’ to complete a decade of Salman’s Eids releases.