Even as Hrithik Roshan's upcoming release 'Super 30' continues to set tongues wagging, with many praising the topic but criticising Hrithik's characterisation - his overdone complexion in particular - his most recent venture - 2017's suspense-thriller 'Kaabil' has the has a poor opening in China.
Roshan’s in-house production, directed by Sanjay Gupta, performed poorly in China’s box office with an opening as low as $0.62 million (Rs 4.29 crore), including paid previews, as per reports.
China, which has newly opened its market to Indian films, has shown itself to be a profitable market for a number of key releases. Far from competing with the really big names, however, 'Kaabil' has fared poorly even in comparison to more unheralded thrillers like Andhadhun and Mom.
In comparison to the opening day collection of 'Kaabil' which earned $0.62 million (Rs 4.29 crore), 'Mom' made $1.64 million (Rs 11.47 crore) and 'AndhaDhun' made $1.32 million (Rs 7.33 crore) on opening day. While AndhaDhun made over Rs 330 crore in China, Mom is still running with collections over Rs 110 crore.
45-year-old Hrithik who is set to make his comeback with 'Super 30' after two years out since 'Kaabil' had gone on a tour to China to promote the film. 'Kaabil', had hit screens on Republic Day 2017 alongside Shah Rukh Khan's 'Raees' and had made Rs 103.84 crore.
While there have been speculations as to the reasons behind such a poor performance, many Indians have questioned why was an Indian film which performed averagely in the Indian Box office was sent to release in China.
'2.0' is the other recent Indian film to release in China after the magnificent success of several others, such as '3 Idiots', 'PK', 'Dangal', 'Secret Superstar', 'Hichki', 'Mom' and 'AndhaDhun'.
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