Tiger Zinda Hai emerges highest grossing Salman starrer at Sri Lanka box-office

By Manishaa R

The film has redefined the following for Salman starrers in the market which is traditionally dominated by Shah Rukh and Salman Khan

While Tiger Zinda Hai recreated box-office history in several Indian and overseas territories, few are aware that the film also achieved the unique distinction of grossing the highest business for a Salman starrer in Sri Lanka. According to famed distributor Kalapi Nagada of Cinekorn Entertainment, Tiger Zinda Hai was hailed by audiences at the Srilankan box-office, despite the fact that the market is traditionally dominated by Shah Rukh Khan, “Both Shah Rukh and Aamir command a cult following in Sri Lanka, while Salman starrers are a big draw in the Middle East but Tiger Zinda Hai broke that pattern at the Srilankan box-office. It has also changed the way Salman starrers are perceived,” Kalapi revealed.

Kalapi who had also released the first installment Ek Tha Tiger and the Salman starrers, Kick and Sultan in Sri Lanka, added that the film had redefined the market for Salman starrers in the region, “The film did a business in the range of $1, 50,000 to $2,00,000, which is what Aamir and Shah Rukh starrers normally command there. It was exciting because the audiences were absolutely impressed with the action scenes and the entire packaging of the film. This is certainly one of the biggest Salman Khan grosser in Sri Lanka,” he said.

“Both Shah Rukh and Aamir command a cult following in Sri Lanka, while Salman starrers are a big draw in the Middle East but Tiger Zinda Hai broke that pattern at the Sri Lankan box-office”- Kalapi Nagada, Srilanka distributor, Tiger Zinda Hai

The distributor who is now readying for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in the region said that Sri Lanka was the next big market for Hindi films in South East Asia after Singapore, “There is a huge draw for Hindi cinema. It is almost on par with India as far as the inclination towards Hindi movies is concerned, with both the Tamil-speaking audiences and the Sinhalese, endorsing them,” Kalapi revealed.



Tiger Zinda Hai heading towards record of being Salman’s highest grossing film, say distributors

The film has also given Salman Khan the unique distinction of being the Christmas week superhero at the box-office, besides the Eid superhero

By Manishaa R

It looks like Tiger Zinda Hai is well on its way to crossing the Rs 300 mark at the box-office. The two-day unrest and the tense situation in Maharashtra, slightly dampened the pace of collections but the film still managed to gross a decent Rs 5.75 cr on its 13th day making the total tally in the range of Rs 287 cr. Distributors and trade analysts who are keenly tracking the progress of the film are confident that it will surpass the business of Salman Khan’s earlier two films, despite the fact that the business in single screens has dropped by 40 percent. According to Raj Bansal, who is the oldest distributor of the Yashraj banner in India with a track record of 32 years and 85 films, there are no two ways about the fact that Tiger Zinda Hai will redefine history at the box-office, “That’s because the repeat audiences are patronising the film in full force especially since the admission rates are now lower than before. Also the audiences who coud not catch up on the film earlier due to New Year celebrations, are doing so now. The biggest factor that could work in favour of the film is the fact that there is no major opposition in the next three weeks. Tiger Zinda Hai has virtually got a free run which is a great occurence,” Bansal says, adding that a majority of exhibitors have now cut down on the screen count to ensure that the film gets its due.

The veteran who has released all Salman starrers released by Yashraj so far, also feels that the film will set a new benchmark for the business of Salman starrers, “I can confidently say that it will be Salman khan’s biggest grosser ever. Salman’s Sultan fetched Rs 302 cr and his Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed Rs 321 cr but it appears that Tiger Zinda Hai will certain surpass these two films,” Bansal insists.

Will Tiger Zinda Hai also set a record for the highest grossing Christmas release? Going by records, Aamir Khan’s highest grossing film, Dangal had collected Rs 387.38 crore at the India box-office, when it was released on 23rd December 2016. It remains to be seen whether Tiger Zinda Hai beats the record. Bansal however feels that the success of Tiger Zinda Hai has proved that the Eid hero has now taken over the Christmas week, “It was always Aamir Khan who ruled the Christmas week but this year it is the Eid hero who has taken over the Christmas and New Year season. Needless to add the three Khans continue to dominate the box-office in the three big festive seasons of the year, be it Diwali, Christmas or Eid,” he says. Meanwhile the latest tally of figures indicates the box-office collection of Tiger Zinda Hai: at Rs 286.46 crore at the end of Day 13 on January 3.

“Salman’s Sultan fetched Rs 302 cr and his Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed Rs 321 cr but it is certain that Tiger Zinda Hai will surpass these two films” – Raj Bansal, oldest distributor of YRF Films

Helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar, who had also directed Salman Khan’s earlier film, Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai is the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster, Ek Tha Tiger. The fast-paced spy thriller starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, is replete with high voltage action about a RAW agent and an ISI agent, who team up on a one of a kind mission to rescue 25 nurses, held hostage by a terrorist organisation.