Padman earns Rs 38 cr in opening weekend in China; Aquaman becomes fourth highest grossing superhero film
Although the opening weekend total of Padman is better than recent China releases, it pales in comparison with Akshay Kumar's previous release Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.
Akshay Kumar's biographical drama Padman, which landed in China on 14 December, has earned a decent $5.27 million (Rs 38 crore) gross in its opening frame. The film debuted at number 3 on the daily box office chart on Friday with a paltry $1.53 million (Rs 11 crore) total, which is actually better than previous three Indian launches, 102 Not Out ($0.82 million), Hichki ( $0.77 million) and Sultan ($0.94 million).
Padman showed only limited growth on day two with a total of $2.04 million and held its third spot at the box office firmly on Saturday and Sunday. The film, which is based on the life of entrepreneur/social activist Arunachalam Muruganandham who pioneered the manufacturing of low-cost sanitary napkins in India, performed better than Hollywood films such as The Grinch and Searching (both released alongside Padman on 14 December).
The R Balki-directed film, however, ranks below other 2018 opening day totals, such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha ($2.35 million) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion ($2.43 million). Irrfan Khan-starrer, comedy-drama Hindi Medium, which released in April during the Qingming festival weekend, was the last Indian import to secure a fantastic start at the Middle Kingdom with an opening day cumulative of $3.43 (Rs 22.25 crore). In fact, Hindi Medium still holds the record for the second biggest launch for an Indian film in China, only behind Aamir Khan's blockbuster Secret Superstar, which amassed $6.97 million on day one.
Although the opening weekend total of Padman ($5.27 million) is better than Sultan ($3 million), Hichki ($3.25 million) and 102 Not Out ($4.21 million), it pales in comparison with Akshay Kumar's previous release Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which pulled in an excellent opening weekend total of $9.05 million (Rs 61.1 crore) in June. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha had topped the opening weekend in China box office and successfully held off competition from Disney/Marvel's blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War and local smash hit How Long Will I Love U then. However, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha had nearly 40,000 shows more than Padman in its opening weekend.
The $5.27 million (Rs 38 crore) opening weekend total of Padman has pushed the overseas takings of the film to $9.27 million (Rs 63.5 crore) and the worldwide earnings to Rs 168.5 crore. Now, Padman has made its way to the top 10 highest grossing Bollywood films of 2018 list, with the 10th spot. Maoyan, China's popular ticket-buying platform, has projected the film's lifetime forecast at 68 million yuan ($9.9 million). Padman is likely to surpass the worldwide revenue of Rajkumar Rao-starrer Stree in the next few days and Alia Bhatt-starrer Raazi at the end of its full theatrical run in the PRC.
102 Not Out earns a dismal $4.35 million from 17 days
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor-starrer, comedy-drama 102 Not Out, joins the latest list of underwhelming Indian imports in the mainland box office. The film, which garnered $3.25 million (Rs 22.67 crore) in its opening weekend, has crashed at the Middle Kingdom box office with a 17-day total of $4.35 million (Rs 31.28 crore).
Directed by Umesh Shukla and jointly produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc and Treetop Entertainment, the running worldwide cumulative of 102 Not Out now stands at Rs 116.28 crore, and the overseas gross has breached the half century mark with a total of Rs 50.61 crore.
Aquaman becomes second highest-grossing solo superhero title in China
Warner Bros' Aquaman, headlined by Jason Momoa, has swum its way to glory at the mainland box office with a fantastic total of $189 million at the end of its sophomore frame. The film has surpassed the Middle Kingdom earnings of other 2018 Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible: Fallout, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Meg and Rampage to name a few.
Aquaman is currently Warner Bros' second highest-grossing film in China, only behind legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg's VFX extravaganza Ready Player One which scored a lifetime total of $218.4 million this year. Aquaman is also the fourth highest grossing superhero title of all time in China after Avengers: Infinity War, Venom and Avengers: Age of Ultron. It is now the second highest earning solo superhero title in China after Venom, the running PRC total of which stands at a whopping $270.5 million from a run spanning across 38 days.
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