Race 3, directed by Remo D’souza, has been slammed from day one and rightly so. It’s a huge disappointment content-wise. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh had even tweeted, “#OneWordReview… #Race3: DISAPPOINTING. Rating: ** All that glitters is not gold… Remo D’souza misses the golden opportunity! (sic).” However, as far as box-office numbers go, the film may nett (please note nett, not gross) around Rs 170 cr in its India lifetime. And, this is huge.
Then why are Salman’s detractors chastising him continuously? Honestly, with the exception of Aamir Khan, the only other megastar in Hindi cinema, none of the other so-called Bollywood superstars get these numbers even for their superhits.
When Salman told After Hrs in an interview that “the only race one must run is against oneself,” he was right. For the last 11 years, he has been virtually doing that. He is the only actor who has got three movies in the Rs 300-cr range, one in the Rs 200-cr plus range and nine Rs 100-cr films including the current ‘flop’ Race 3.
An industry source says, “The trade is dejected with Race 3’s collections not because they aren’t high, but because expectations from Salman are humongous. His films are sold at such a high ratio that they need to rake in at least Rs 250 cr to justify that cost.” Insiders say that in this movie’s case, Salman alone will make Rs 125 cr as his remuneration; Rs 100-odd cr from digital and Rs 25-odd cr from satellite. This is the actor’s remuneration. As a producer, he will collect money from its overseas and domestic run, all of which should amount to another Rs 50-odd cr on just a rough count. Since the film is still running in theatres globally, it is not possible to give a definitive figure at this stage.
If Salman is making such a killing, who is losing money? Well, the sub-distributors, who purchased the film from the actor and his father, Salim Khan (the original distributor), will incur heavy losses. For those who have paid a price for Race 3 at a ratio keeping in mind a Rs 250-cr final figure, the losses are hefty.
Otherwise, like we said at the start, Race 3 could at best be termed ‘not-upto-the-mark-for-a-Salman-starrer’. But it is higher than that of other Bollywood superstars’ hits, with the sole exception of Aamir Khan, who is right above.
TILL DATE, SALMAN HAS…
Thirteen: Rs 100-cr plus films (Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Jai Ho, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Tubelight and Race 3)
ONE: Rs 200-cr plus film (Kick)
THREE: 300-cr plus films (Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai)
SALMAN: THE ONE-MAN INDUSTRY
Rs 300 Cr films Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015): Rs 315.49 cr Sultan (2016): Rs 300.67 crTiger Zinda Hai (2017): Rs 339 cr
Rs 200 Cr film: Kick (2014): Rs 211.63 cr
Rs 100 Cr films: Dabangg (2010): Rs 141.24 cr, Ready (2011): Rs 120.72 crBodyguard (2011): Rs 144.78 cr, Ek Tha Tiger (2012): Rs 186.14 cr, Dabangg 2 (2012): Rs 149.52 cr, Jai Ho (2014): Rs 109.35 cr, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015): Rs 194.30 crTubelight (2017): Rs 114. 57 cr, Race 3 (2018): Rs 155.22 cr (10 days’ numbers, film running in second week)