Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal has set an opening weekend record for an Indian film overseas, by raking in Rs 75 crore in its first weekend in China, where it released across an estimated 7,000 screens on May 5.
The film made 80.56 million Yuan (Rs. 75 crore) at the Chinese box office, a record for an Indian film. Its takings in China have even bested Baahubali 2, which recorded an extraordinary opening weekend performance in the US, where it brought in Rs 67 crore ($10.4 million).
Dangal also recorded the highest Saturday to Sunday increase at the box office of 30 per cent.
The film has garnered rave reviews in China, with a rating of 9.8 on the widely used online ticketing service Maoyan.
Aamir Khan’s popularity in China has helped its success, with the star meeting thousands of fans during a week-long promotion tour in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu last month.
Aamir Khan’s PK crossed Rs 100 crore in China, a then-record for an Indian film in any foreign market, which is now set to be bested by Dangal – all the more remarkable for a market where, unlike in the US and UK, there is no sizeable Indian diaspora.