Salman had 4 bumper openers and 6/7 excellent openers last decade anyway that's not the issue.
Salman suffered due to padding, he worked for his friends while SRK was doing Yrf/Dharma movies back to back. But when he came up with a good looking project he pulled off audience in hoards, he was always a huge crowd puller.
Boi puts him at no3 not for nothing while there's a huge chances srk will be out of top3 this decade,not like previous decade was any great for Salman but it wasn't as bad as haters say, only 2006-2009 period was horrible for him but even in that period he delivered a bumper opener like partner.
Media tried to hamper him, controversy hampered him, wrong decisions took a big toll on him but he's still standing tall against all odds and will join all time greatest superstars of Indian cinema.