102 Not Out enters Rs 100 cr club with box office collection of Rs 22.67 cr during opening weekend in China

Surendhar MK

Dec 04, 2018 08:40:28 IST

Super hit Indian comedy-drama 102 Not Out, which landed in mainland China on 30 November, has collected a decent opening weekend total of $3.25 million (Rs 22.67 crore). The project, which saw the light of day in India on 4 May this year, marked the union of Bollywood veterans Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor after 27 years on screen.

Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in a still from 102 Not Out. YouTube

Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in a still from 102 Not Out. YouTube

Made on a budget of Rs 35 crore, the film is based on the eponymous Gujarati play written by Saumya Joshi, and is jointly produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc and Treetop Entertainment. Directed by Umesh Shukla, 102 Not Out fetched both commercial and critical acclaim upon release in India.

102 Not Out debuted in China at No 4 at the daily box office chart with a paltry opening day gross of $0.82 million, which is actually higher than previous Indian release in the PRC, Rani Mukerji-starrer Hichki ($0.77 million) but lesser than other 2018 releases such as Sultan ($0.94 million), Toilet: Ek Prem Katha ($2.35 million) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion ($2.43 million). But the opening weekend total of 102 Not Out at a moderate $3.25 million is lesser than the opening frame of Hichki at $4.21 million (Rs 31.1 crore).

Although the opening weekend gross of 102 Not Out has outperformed Sultan's $3 million (Rs 21.3 crore), the numbers pale in comparison when you take into account Akshay Kumar-starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and SS Rajamouli's Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which collected $9.05 million (Rs 61.1 crore) and $7.63 million (Rs 51.23 crore) respectively.

The Middle Kingdom earnings of 102 Not Out at Rs 22.67 crore have powered the worldwide theatrical revenue of the film to Rs 107.67 crore, and the overseas gross to Rs 42 crore. While Hichki scored a fantastic 9.4 rating, 102 Not Out holds a decent 8.8 on Maoyan, China’s popular ticket-selling box office platform. On Douban, China's IMDB, the film has a score of 7.3 from 6,800 votes.

102 Not Out is the eighth Indian movie to release in the PRC this year after Secret Superstar, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Hindi Medium, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Sultan and Hichki. While Secret Superstar is still the highest grossing Indian import of 2018 with a peachy lifetime total of $118 million, Sultan is the least performing movie with a meager sum of $5.24 million.

The Amitabh Bachchan-starrer faced stiff competition from holdover blockbusters such as A Cool Fish, Venom and Ralph Breaks The Internet, and new releases such as French crime drama Blood Father, Hollywood smash hit Crazy Rich Asians, and local titles Twenty and Fake Partner. In fact, 102 Not Out ranked above all the new releases at the fourth spot in the daily box office collection on Friday (30 November), before it slipped to the fifth position after Johnny English Strikes Again bounced back on Saturday and Sunday.

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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2018 08:40:28 IST