Box office numbers plays an important role in deciding whether a film is a disaster, flop, hit, super-hit or blockbuster. The film's fate and performance is decided on how much money it has earned during its four weeks of theatrical run.
Every year, Bollywood's three Khans - Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman - rule the box office. But this year Hrithik Roshan made history by beating the Khans to the top position in the collection charts with his latest superhero flick "Krrish 3". The film grossed more than ₹243 crore.
This year's two big releases - "Krrish 3" and "Chennai Express", created records by earning more than ₹200 crore from Indian markets. "Krrish 3" became the biggest grosser in Indian cinema till now.
But has "Krrish 3" really shattered the box office records of "Chennai Express" in India or are the figures just exaggerated?
A DNA report suggests that the makers of "Krrish 3" have inflated the figures to gain top spot in the charts. The daily quoting an unnamed trade analyst said the actual nett income of the film is far less than the reported collections and the film hasn't crossed the ₹200-crore mark.
"The Roshans were in a hurry to prove that "Krrish 3" broke all records including Aamir's "3 Idiots" (₹202 crore), Salman's "Ek Tha Tiger" (₹197.14 crore) and Shah Rukh's "Chennai Express" (₹227 crore). CE remains the highest grosser and also the highest opening day grosser in India," the trade analyst told the newspaper.
According to the source, the nett figure of the Hindi version of "Krrish 3" is over ₹183 crore and the total collections of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu version are more than ₹194 crore. The exaggerated box office numbers have apparently upset the Khan trio.
However, the director and the producer of the science fiction film have dismissed the box office report and told Bollywood Hungama that it's not possible to change the figures.
"I really don't know what their intentions were, but when they asked me for the figures, I willingly gave them the same. Now they say that the figure of ₹ 237.15 crores is gross and not nett," Rakesh said.
"In fact if I look at the gross figures that include the entertainment tax, and everything else, then Krrish 3's collection has crossed ₹ 500 crores. I think they really need to go back and learn the difference between gross and nett figures first," he added.