Salman Khan's Movie Sultan rakes in $5 million in 11 days in China surpassing Padmaavat's Movie overseas earnings


Salman Khan's wrestling drama Sultan has turned out to be a significant disappointment in China, with the film's earnings amounting to just $5 million (Rs 36.3 cr) in 11 days. The 2016 blockbuster directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Yash Raj Films was the actor's highest grossing film before his 2015 super-hit Bajrangi Bhaijaan raked in the moolah in the Middle Kingdom and dethroned Sultan in April this year when it released on the Lantern festival weekend on 2 March.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which marked Salman Khan's foray into the mainland market, registered the third biggest opening ever for an Indian film with a cumulative day one gross of $2.24 million (Rs 14.6 cr) only behind Aamir Khan's Secret Superstar ($6.97) and Dangal ($2.55 million) then. However, Sultan scored a dismal opening day revenue of $0.94 million (Rs 6.67 cr), besides settling for an average opening weekend total of $3 million (Rs 21.3 cr).

Now, the film which also stars Anushka Sharma in a pivotal role, has earned a meagre $2 million in eight days until 10 September, followed by the opening weekend. The massive drop in the revenue in the weekdays was highly anticipated since Sultan registered the weakest opening for an Indian film in 2018 and had to confront tough contenders like Mission: Impossible – Fallout and holdover blockbusters such as Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Meg, Hello Mr. Billionaire, and The Island.
While Bajrangi Bhaijaan finished its month-long theatrical run with a $45.3 million (Rs 294 cr) cumulative box-office haul on 2 April, Sultan is likely to complete its PRC spell with a lifetime total of 37.4 million yuan ($5.45 million; Rs 39.6 cr) according to the forecast by Maoyan, China’s popular ticket-selling and box-office platform. Surprisingly, Sultan holds a score of 9.3 out of 10 on Maoyan from 20,000 viewers (Bajrangi Bhaijaan had an impressive 9.7). On Douban China's IMDB, the film has a below-par score of 7 on 10 while Bajrangi Bhaijaan enjoyed an excellent 8.6.

With a gross revenue of $5 million from 12 days, the global running total of Sultan now stands at Rs 623.33 Cr, making China the second highest-grossing overseas market for the film after the USA, where it took home earnings of $6.2 million. The PRC takings of the film have pushed its cumulative foreign box office receipts to $29.82 million. Now, Sultan has surpassed the overseas earnings of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat which amassed $29 million when it released in January this year.

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