VBB last reported on the unprecedented success of Aamir Khan’s “Dangal” in China on June 2, 2017. At that time, world-wide collections were at a staggering Rs. 1802 crore! It was the highest-grossing film in Indian cinema history, and first to cross the 1800 crore mark. On the list of highest-grossing films to ever play on screens in China – including American and Chinese movies – “Dangal” was at number 28.
On the 53rd day since its release, however, VBB is proud to report that “Dangal” has done what no other Indian film has ever done before.
Global collections for this history-making movie have crossed Rs. 2000 crore!!
More than half of this film’s collections have come from China, alone; making that country a very important new market for Indian films. It has done so well that it is now the 16th highest-grossing film to ever play on Chinese screens! With collections measured in the Chinese currency of yaun, “Dangal” has earned 1.289 billion, and is only 0.051 billion yaun away from overtaking “Avatar” at position 15!
Only eight American films have done better than “Dangal” in this market, which is extremely significant when weighing the growing power and appeal of Bollywood cinema against Hollywood on the world stage.
When Tollywood’s “Baahubali: The Conclusion” is released in China, it will certainly join “Dangal” in the newly-formed 2000 crore club, as it currently trails just 275 crore behind its Bollywood rival. “Dangal“, however, will forever be the first to have achieved this very prestigious honor.
Aamir and “Dangal” have certainly set the bar very high for Bollywood, going forward. On the list of highest-grossing Indian films in history, the next highest-grossing (apart from “Baahubali 2“) earned only Rs. 792 crore (“PK” 2014), world-wide. No film since “Dangal” has even come close to challenging “PK“, much less the heights of “Dangal“. However, there is no doubt about the bright future Bollywood films have across the globe.
There will be more films peeking over the walls of Hollywood with a challenging twinkle in their eyes! Then Hollywood, with its remakes, cheap children’s films, and cinematic universes, will have to scramble to do better.
* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees