'Dangal' becomes top non-Hollywood film in China, grosses $117 mn

Dangal fans with a life-size cutout of Aamir Khan at a cinema theatre in China
Aamir Khan's "Dangal" has become the first top-grossing non-Hollywood film in China by earning $117 million at the box office.

Maoyan, a popular ticketing website in China, today reported that "Dangal", which released in the country on May 5, has grossed 800 million yuan.

Latest data from EntGroup, a leading entertainment consultancy group said the tickets sales have crossed $117 million.

With this "Dangal", based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, became the highest performing non-Hollywood foreign film in the country.

The film broke the record of "Your Name", a Japanese fantasy drama, which netted 577 million yuan (USD 84 million) at the box office last year.

"Dangal" created a new record by earning $15 million on Saturday alone, Prasad Shetty, partner of Strategic Alliance, a Chinese firm promoting Indian films in China for the past few years, told PTI here.

The film continues to run in about 7000 screens in China and has become as popular as Raj Kapoor's "Awara" in 1950.

Aamir is already popular in the country thanks to the success of his previous films -- "3 Idiots" and "PK".

The Bollywood star toured Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu ahead of the release of the film. A number of top Chinese film stars also wrote in their widely-read blogs about the movie which was read by their millions of followers, Shettey said.

The actor has become equally popular on China's microblog Weibo where he has 6.55 lakh followers.

Aamir has surpassed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to become the Indian with the largest following on Weibo.

Modi, who opened the account in 2015 before his visit to China, was the most popular Indian with over 1.68 lakhs followers. He still continues to update his post with China related events.

With his account becoming immensely popular, Aamir has changed it officially in his name two days ago. He is identified in Chinese as "Amier Han". He opened the account to promote the wrestling drama in China.

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