Has Salman Khan's Sultan already crossed Rs 300 cr? Only Yash Raj Films knows the truth

FP Staff

Aug,05 2016 15:11:30 IST

For the past few weeks, two films have been battling out to be the top earners of this year: Sultan and Kabali. While Kabali is set to have reportedly earned around Rs 500 crores (we are still unsure about official figures), Sultan is set to have stopped just before Rs 300 crore.

Soon enough, a strange hashtag started to trend on Twitter, which led us to believe this figure may not be the real one. #YRFStopReducingSultanFigures started to trend, and it then came to attention that the film had actually crossed the 300 crore mark long ago, but it was not being reported.

But why would the producers of a film want to downplay their box office collections?

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Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma in 'Sultan'.

DNA reports the reason for these reduced figures is a partnership deal that YRF has with Salman. According to the deal, if Sultan crosses the 300 crore mark, Salman is entitled to getting a big chunk of the collections.

This deal was struck when Aditya Chopra approached Salman Khan for Sultan. The latter demanded, just like Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan, that he should get a 80:20 profit sharing ratio.

And so, by showing lower figures, YRF can lessen the profits to be given to Salman. They had reportedly done the same during Ek Tha Tiger, when they showed the collections to be Rs 199.6 crore when it was no secret that film had crossed more than Rs 200 crore.

All of this could be conjecture of course, but for a film that made Rs 200 crore in the first seven days of its release, Rs 300 crore should not be taking this long.

Please note, it had crossed Rs 260 crore by 18 July.

Twitter, however, has caught onto this rumour with #YRFStopReducingSultanFigures; demanding what they usually demand: to boycott YRF films.

Will the real box office figures of Sultan please stand up?

Updated Date: Aug 05, 2016 15:11 PM