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Box office: Sultan gets an average opening in China, earns Rs7.08 crores

The Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer is the seventh highest opening Hindi film in the Middle Kingdom. 

Keyur Seta

Ali Abbas Zafar's Sultan (2016), starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, was one of the all time blockbusters at the Indian box office, earning more than Rs300 crore. The film, that revolved around wrestling, was released in China yesterday (31 August).

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Given the film’s success in India, there were a hopes of it doing well in the Middle Kingdom as well. However, Sultan managed only an average opening. It made 1 million dollars (Rs7.08 crores approximately) in the country, as per figures shared by Boxofficeindia.com. It has become the seventh highest grossing Indian film in China.

The seventh position was earlier held by Aamir Khan's PK, which had made 9,70,000 dollars (Rs7 crore approximately). But the film had released in 2015 and the China market for Indian films is much bigger now.

Sultan has had a very wide release with 10,000 screens and 36,000 screenings. Therefore, the first day earning is not very impressive. PK had had just over 16,000 screenings.

The low numbers for Sultan can also be attributed to the fact that it released in China along with the Hollywood blockbuster Mission Impossible: Fallout, which stars Tom Cruise.

Aamir’s Secret Superstar with 6.81 million dollars (Rs48.2 crore approximately) and Irrfan Khan's Hindi Medium with 3.34 million dollars (Rs23.6 crores approximately) currently hold the top two positions in the list of highest Indian openers in China.