Aamir Khan’s Dangal has taken a record-breaking opening in China, crossing the 15 crore mark on its opening day at the box office (including collections from paid previews).
The film titled Shuai Jiao Baba (Let’s Wrestle, Dad) has reportedly collected 16,500,000 yuan (2.4 million USD / Rs 15.42 crore) in the country.
Dangal has shattered the opening record of PK and the film should surpass the weekend collections of the Rajkumar Hirani directed film in just two days after its release. The opening is strong inspite of a major Hollywood film ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’ collecting 98 million yuan (14.2 million USD / Rs 91.2 crore) on its opening day.
The expectations for the weekend is around 10-11 million USD (Rs 65-70 crore).
Released on 9000 screens, Dangal has shattered records only because of the presence of Aamir Khan, who happens to be the only star who has cracked the China market. The only other films to make a mark in China are 3 Idiots, Dhoom 3 and PK.
Other stars like Shah Rukh Khan have tried to their luck, but films like My Name is Khan, FAN and Happy New Year have failed miserably. The suprise success was Nikhil Advani’s animated film Delhi Safari Even a major film like ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ failed in China – even though it was well-promoted and had a wide release.