It is well-known that Christmas is lucky for actor Aamir Khan. The record-breaking box office collections of his latest outing, "PK", have proved it once again.
It all started with "Taare Zameen Par", which was Khan's first Christmas release. It was not a commercial movie as such; instead, it had a social message. Still, the film not only did well at the box office, but also won the Filmfare and National Awards in 2008. It was also India's official entry for the Oscar Awards in 2009.
Ever since then, Khan has been releasing his films during Christmas. The move has paid off, with the movies doing successfully at the box-office and setting new benchmarks, some of which remain unbroken till date.
"Ghajini" was the second Christmas offering by Khan. Though a remake of a Tamil film with the same name, it became a landmark film in the career of 'Mr Perfectionist' Khan. The reason: it grossed over₹150 crore in collections at the Indian box office and in the process, the AR Murugadoss-directed film started the trend of 100-crore club for Bollywood movies.
"3 Idiots", Khan's third Christmas offering, was another big box office success, apart from getting positive reviews from critics. The movie achieved the rare feat of becoming the first Bollywood film to cross the ₹200-crore mark in box office collections in the domestic market.
In 2012, Khan released his next outing "Talaash" in November. Though it did reasonably well commercially, the movie failed to put up a great show at the box office.
In 2013, things turned lucky for him again, with the release of "Dhoom 3" during Christmas. With its life-time collections crossing ₹250 crore, the film became the all-time highest grosser in Bollywood in the domestic market.
Khan's latest Christmas release "PK", which has broken many records at the box office, has proved yet again that the season is the best for him. The movie opened to an overwhelming response and saw record-breaking collections at the domestic box office in the first week. Having raked in ₹214 crore in nine days, the film is expected to set a new benchmark: ₹300-crore club for Hindi movies.
|1||Taare Zameen Par||21 December 2007||₹88 crore|
|2||Ghajini||25 December 2008||₹150 crore|
|3||3 Idiots||25 December 2009||₹202 crore|
|4||Dhoom3||20 December 2013||₹250 crore|
|5||PK||19 December 2014||₹214 crore in 9 days|