10 Jan – Back in December 2014, Aamir Khan-starrer "P.K." was released and it went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood movie. Fast forward two years later, the prolific actor is repeating history with his newest December release, "Dangal".
In just 17 days, the new movie has overturned "P.K." to become the highest-grossing Hindi movie in India, according to a post on Hindi movie critic Taran Adarsh's Twitter.
"Dangal" currently has made 3.45 billion rupees (USD50.59 million), already beating the 3.37 billion rupees collected domestically in India by "P.K.".
It is also set to become the first Hindi movie to cross 3.50 billion rupees.
Meanwhile, "Dangal" has also conquered the box office to become the number one Bollywood movie in North America.
It has collected USD11.15 million since its 21 December 2016 release, based on Box Office Mojo stats. It is currently still showing in cinemas. In comparison, "P.K.", released on 19 December 2014, collected USD10.62 million domestically by the end of its 8-week run.
The former is now the 24th Foreign Language movie in North America while the latter sits two rungs below in the 26th place.
Aamir Khan stars as Mahavir Singh Phogat in the biographical sports drama movie. Mahavir trained his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari in wrestling, and both went on to win the gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.