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Here's how Sultan has helped make Salman Khan Bollywood's highest-paid actor

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Box Office darling Salman Khan is known to claim the satellite rights amounts of his films as his acting fees.

However, for his recent sports drama Sultan - which is breaking Box Office records left, right and center - Salman has taken a different approach. The star has entered into a contract with Yash Raj Films - which is bankrolling Sultan - to equally share the profits entailed by the production house.

In doing so, Salman has now become the highest-paid actor in Bollywood. He will take home Rs 100 crore as his acting fees for the sports drama.

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Yash Raj Films has already recorded massive profits from just five days of the release of Sultan. Here is a break down of the economics of Sultan - as of 10 July 2016:


Cost of production: Rs 70 crore

Print and publicity: Rs 20 crore

Total expenses: Rs 90 crore


Theatrical revenue:

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.)

Other revenue:

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

Sultan has recorded profits of Rs 100 crore within five days of its release.

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With the film still running to packed houses, YRF is expected to record overall profits close to Rs 200 crore during the film's lifetime run - an amount which will be equally shared with Salman.

First published: 11 July 2016, 7:27 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.