After warmly embracing Aamir Khan’s Dangal and Secret Superstar, the highest grossing non-Hollywood films of all time in China, the mainland moviegoers have now received Salman Khan’s cross-border drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan with open arms.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has completed two weeks of release in China and the total collection of the film stands at Rs 201.71 crore. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the latest collection of Bajrangi Bhaijaan at the Chinese box office
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is on a record-breaking spree. The Salman Khan starrer has crossed Rs 200 crore mark in China. Bajrangi Bhaijaan has completed two weeks of release in China and the total collection of the film stands at Rs 201.71 crore.Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the latest collection of Bajrangi Bhaijaan at the Chinese box office and wrote, #BajrangiBhaijaan showed EXCELLENT TRENDING in Week 2 in China… Crosses ₹ 200 cr mark…[Week 2].” He also tweeted the day-wise collection the film. “Fri $ 1.76 mn Sat $ 3.36 mn Sun $ 2.94 mn Mon $ 1.27 mn Tue $ 1.24 mn Wed $ 1.27 mn Thu $ 1.11 mn Total: $ 31.09 million [₹ 201.71 cr].”
The Kabir Khan directorial was a blockbuster in India too. The film, also starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, tells the story of a six-year-old girl Munni played by Harshaali Malhotra and Bajrangi aka Salman, an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman, who helps this little girl reunite with her family across the border in Pakistan.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has now become the fourth highest-grossing Indian film worldwide, only behind Dangal, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and Secret Superstar, which ended its month-long run in the Middle Kingdom on 18 February with a humongous box office haul of $118 million (Rs 766.1 crore). The Kabir Khan-directed film has dethroned another Aamir Khan blockbuster, PK, to achieve this feat. Now, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is also the fourth Indian film to breach the Rs 800 crore mark after Dangal, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and Secret Superstar.With its steady performance at the PRC ticket window, Bajrangi Bhaijaan has also gained entry to the elite $60 million club from overseas markets, with its cumulative foreign total currently at $60.06 (Rs 390 crore). In its sophomore week in China, the film, which also stars Harshaali Malhotra, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in important roles, outpaced the lifetime overseas revenue of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and PK respectively to secure the third spot in the list of highest-grossing Indian films in overseas, which is comfortably dominated by table-toppers Dangal and Secret Superstar.
With the kind of lineup powered by Hollywood imports for the next two weeks in China, the chances of Bajrangi Bhaijaan surpassing the $50 million gross in the PRC look slim. China's popular ticket-selling and movie-rating site Maoyan.com has, understandably, reduced the film’s lifetime forecast from 300 million yuan ($47.5 million) to 254 million yuan ($40.17 million) now. Bajrangi Bhaijaan still enjoys an excellent score of 9.6 on Maoyan from 168,000 viewers and 8.6 on Douban, called China’s IMDB, from 114,000 users.Now, the billion dollar question of whether Bajrangi Bhaijaan will outshine Secret Superstar’s worldwide gross of Rs 894 crore or not will be watched by fans of both actors with bated breath. If Bajrangi Bhaijaan earns close to $43-45 million in its entire run or more than that in China, it would undoubtedly supersede the worldwide earnings of Secret Superstar to emerge as the third highest grossing Indian film globally.
Salman Khan’s film hit around 8,000 Chinese screens on March 2 and it crossed the Rs 100-crore mark just before the movie completed its first week in theatres. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the second Hindi film releasing in China in 2018. Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar released in January and dominated the Chinese box office.Seems like China has a huge fan following for Bollywood films. Hindi Medium, starring Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar, will also soon hit Chinese theatres.
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