NEW DELHI :
Historic for sure, but the box office run of director Sriram Raghavan’s black comedy thriller Andhadhun has come to an end in China. The film that had made $45.59 million (Rs. 318.85 crore) at last count, is out of the race thanks to Marvel’s superhero flick Avengers: Endgame that earned a colossal $330.5 million over its five-day opening weekend in the country, crushing debut records for any local or Hollywood film.
“Andhadhun crosses $45 million in China. Journey to $50 million is out of reach, since Endgame has wrecked havoc in China. Hence, third Wednesday and Thursday business has reduced drastically," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
To be sure, Andhadhun is now the third highest grossing Indian film in China after Aamir Khan’s Dangal and Secret Superstar that had earned ₹1,200 crore and ₹700 crore in the country, respectively. It has beaten the records of films like Hindi Medium and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The Ayushmann Khuranna-starrer had made ₹73.37 crore on its release in India last October.
Andhadhun seems to have not just busted the myth that only Indian films with social messages work in China but also broken the jinx that Bollywood was reeling under in the country of late. In the past few months, Indian films haven’t really had the best run in the country though the market had emerged as a goldmine in the past few years. Yash Raj Films’ action adventure Thugs of Hindostan only managed $4.71 million ( ₹32.93 crore) over its opening weekend while Akshay Kumar’s biographical drama Padman registered an unimpressive total of $3.55 million ( ₹25.54 crore). Comedy drama 102 Not Out made $3.56 million ( ₹25.06 crore) in the neighbouring country while India’s blockbuster war epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion too had only managed about $11.9 million ( ₹80 crore).