When most Bollywood films are performing very well in China, the performance of Salman Khan’s Sultan has come a rude shock. The film has performed poorly in China, reports Mint.
The film, the first Yash Raj Films production to be taken to the neighbouring country clocked $940,000 (Rs 6.66 crore) from 10,000 screens and 36,000 screenings on its opening day. Khan’s last release in China, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, had made $2.25 million on its opening day. Sultan had made Rs. 300.45 crore on its release in India in 2016.
The highest Indian film openers in China to date include Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar ($6.8 million) and Irrfan Khan-starrer Hindi Medium ($3.3 million). “Sultan, Salman Khan’s second film and Yash Raj’s first to release in China, does not live up to the monumental expectations. Had a disappointing Day 1 in China,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
Mint writes that Bollywood’s success story in China, so far, has been driven single-handedly by Aamir Khan-starrers. While his sports drama Dangal, currently the highest-grossing Indian film in China, had made close to Rs 1,200 crore, his musical production Secret Superstar earned around Rs 760 crore. Other superhits include PK (Rs 123 crore) and 3 Idiots (Rs. 16 crore), which Khan had promoted in the country personally.