Beijing: A Aamir Khan’s “PK” has set a new record grossing 100 million yuan (USD 16.70 million) in China, becoming the first Indian film to touch the three figure mark in the largely restrictive Chinese movie market.
“PK”, which is having a dream run in China since its Chinese version was released in on May 22, has hit the hundred million yuan mark today,” Prasad Shetty, partner in Chinese firm Strategic Alliance, which promotes Indian films in China.
Unlike any other Indian movie, “PK” had the distinction of being screened in about 5000 screens all over China.
While it is a record for an Indian film, PKâ€™s China revenue has surpassed USD 10.6 million earnings in US-Canada, the traditional overseas market for Indian films, he said.While â€œPKâ€ hits out at the blind religious beliefs, Aamirâ€™s previous movie â€œ3 Idiotsâ€ also became very popular in China as it highlighted the plight of students to succeed in a highly competitive education system. â€œPKâ€ has also won rave reviews in the China with film critics pointing out that the country can learn from Bollywood in producing comedy films.
Also, the movie has done better than George Clooneyâ€™s Hollywood movie â€˜Tomorrowlandâ€™, which was released around the same time in China, Mr. Shetty said.
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