Akshay Kumar's "Rustom" has raked in Rs. 7 crore* on day 10, which takes its domestic box office collection to Rs. 108.08 crore nett. "Rustom" is the superstar's third film in the Rs. 100 crore club in a single year, after "Airlift" and "Housefull 3."
Sure "Rustom" minting over Rs. 100 crore in just 10 days of its release is a reason to celebrate, but what's more interesting to note is that Akshay is the first superstar to have three films in the Rs. 100 crore club in a year. "Rustom," "Housefull 3" and "Airlift" have made Rs. 345.1 crore (and counting) combined at the domestic box office.
On the other hand, films starring the Khans — Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir — usually make it to the Rs. 100 crore club easily, but they stick to 1-2 releases in a year. This means Akshay is likely to hold the record for at least a few years to come. However, Akshay may not be able to beat them in terms of box office collection.
For instance, in 2015, Salman's "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" collected Rs. 530.5 crore at the Indian box office alone. Whereas, Akshay brought in Rs. 355.53 crore from the domestic market with 4 releases — "Baby," "Gabbar Is Back," "Brothers" and "Singh Is Bliing."
Interestingly, Ajay Devgn could give the "Rustom" actor some competition with his upcoming films. In a period of 12 months, Ajay has three releases — "Shivaay" (Oct. 28, 2016), "Baadshaho" (May 12, 2017) and "Golmaal 4" (October 2017) — all of which appear to be big-ticket films.
While "Shivaay" is high on action and promises a thrilling ride, "Baadshaho" is a film based on the 1975 emergency, which sounds a crowd-puller. "Golmaal 4" is a definite money-earner; the franchise has been successful and has Rohit Shetty at the helm, which means one can expect right amount of action, with a healthy dose of comedy and romance.
*final numbers awaited.