It was only last year that Salman Khan was taking home somewhere between Rs 40-50 crore for his onscreen performances. With "Sultan" shattering box office records left, right and centre, the figure has doubled.
According to a Catch News report, the superstar could get paid Rs 100 crore for the sports-drama film. Salman had apparently struck a deal with Yash Raj Films that profits entailed will be shared between him and the production house. Apparently, YRF is expected to make profits close to Rs 200.
While the "Sultan" fever has gripped fans, the actor remains unfazed by the noise around the film. According to his close friends, Salman has detached himself from success and failure and is unmoved by the impressive business his latest film is doing at the ticket window.
"He is like that only, completely detached from success or failure. He was unmoved by the stupendous opening of 'Sultan.' In fact, he detached himself completely from all of us and went into his shell," Bollywood Hungama quoted a friend as saying.
The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial is about the rise and steep fall of Haryana-based wrestler Sultan Ali Khan (Salman), who is shown to be too drunk with fame to embrace familial responsibilities. In this entertainer, Sultan battles more with his inner demons than opponents in the ring.
"Sultan" opened in theatres on July 6 and within 5 days of release has garnered over Rs 180 crore. It his 10th film in the 100 crore club after "Dabangg," "Ready," "Bodyguard," "Ek Tha Tiger," "Dabangg 2," "Jai Ho," "Kick," "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo."
Meanwhile, here's a break-up (of profits) released by Catch News:
Cost of production: Rs 70 crore
Print and publicity: Rs 20 crore
Total: Rs 90 crore
All India Nett Business: Rs 181 crore
Producer share: Rs 85 crore (approx.)
Overseas business: $14 Million (Rs 93 crore approx.)
Overseas producer share: Rs 40 crore (approx.)
Total theatrical revenue: Rs 125 crore (approx.)
Satellite rights: Rs 55 crore
Music rights and brand tie-ups: Rs 10 crore
Total: Rs 65 crore
Profit: Rs 125 crore + Rs 65 crore - Rs 90 crore = 100 crore (profit from five days)