Salman Khan-starrer Sultan has emerged as the highest-grossing film in the history of India’s leading movie production banner Yash Raj Films (YRF) which has been in operations for over four decades. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial, which released on July 7, has so far collected Rs 585 crore worldwide (domestic – Rs 421 crore and international – Rs 164 crore).
According to a statement from the YRF banner, Sultan is now the third highest-grossing movie in the history of Indian cinema. The sports drama film features Salman and Anushka Sharma as wrestlers. In the opening weekend itself, it had crossed the Rs 300 crore mark worldwide.
YRF is known for giving Hindi movie buffs a bouquet of romantic and action films since its inception. It was founded by the late Yash Chopra, an iconic filmmaker whose credentials as a director include films such as Chandni, Lamhe, Silsila, Kabhi Kabhie, Dil To Pagal Hai and his last directorial Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
The present head honcho of the banner is his son Aditya Chopra, who has helmed movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge, Mohabbatein and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. His next movie is Befikre, starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor.
Earlier, fans of Salman Khan claimed that the film’s producers Yash Raj Films were giving out much lower amounts of what the film was making as compared to what trade was claiming. They even made the hashtag #YRFStopReducingSULTANFigures trend on Twitter. They claimed that Salman had a deal with YRF wherein he will get a big share of profit if the India business is over Rs 300 crore, according to entertainment website FilmiBeat. These deals are common, especially with the Khans.