This year has a similarity to 2001 as far as the biggest blockbusters of the year are concerned. In January 2001 there was just one magnum opus which was expected to set the box office on fire and it was Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham due for December 2001 release.
This year in January it was Tees Maar Khan which was the best bet at the box office for the year by far and it also had a December release.
In 2001 a monstrous juggernaut named Gadar Ek Prem Katha released in June and put up the sort of numbers that were unbelievable at that time and it was almost certain that Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham would not be the number one film of the year. No doubt the film was a blockbuster but domestic business was around 35-40% lower than Gadar Ek Prem Katha.
This year is similar that there was little doubt that Tees Maar Khan would be the number one film of 2010 until the release of Dabangg. Allowing for the time period the Dabangg numbers are not as high as Gadar’s that they give Tees Maar Khan a near impossible task though they are high enough that no one would put big money on Tees Maar Khan and say with certainty it will be top grosser of 2010.
Source – BOI