New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Nitesh Tiwari-directed Dangal has also crossed the collections of Hollywood's offering Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on its seventh day in Chinese theater. Until Thursday, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did a business of $3.5 million, according to media reports.
Released as Wrestling! Father, Dangal is not the first offering from Bollywood in China. Earlier, Khan's PK, 3 Idiots, andDhoom 3 too did well, but nowhere likeDangal. Several other Indian movies, including Baahubali: The Beginning have done well in China.
Bollywood critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh was the first to tweet about Dangal's success.
The success of Indian movies in China opens a new market for Bollywood, the Indian Hindi film industry, and other regional cinemas from the country. China is the second-largest movie market after the US, offering nearly 28,000 theaters.
Not only that, many Chinese movies distribution companies are entering into agreements with their Indian counterparts to market these movies, generating revenue and jobs on both sides of the border and enhancing people-to-people contacts.
A major challenge, however, remains government restrictions in China, which prioritize local content and limit the number of foreign films releasing in the country to 34 a year.