Dangal Bahubali

Aamir Khan’s “Dangal” has outclassed “Bahubali 2” at the Chinese box office. (Aamir Khan/SS Rajamouli/Twitter photo)

MUMBAI—The Aamir Khan film “Dangal,” which released in December 2016, has got a new lease on life (and what lease!) at the box office after the film went to the Chinese people a few weeks ago. And there in China, the film has been unstoppable at the box office, even outclassing other big-ticket releases that hit screens alongside.

Now after a 21-day run at the Chinese box office, it continues to do brisk business, and incredibly, it has even managed to surpass the collections of “Bahubali 2: The Conclusion” that had raked in a staggering Rs. 1530 crore at the worldwide box- office to emerge as the highest-grossing Indian film ever.

With collections in that country now pegged at Rs. 809.76 cr. coupled with Rs. 716 cr. coming in from the worldwide market (excluding China and Taiwan) and another Rs. 32.34 cr from Taiwan, “Dangal” (in Hindi though with Tamil and Telugu versions) now stands at a stunning Rs.1558.10 cr.

“Bahubali 2: The Conclusion” has surpassed records of every Indian film not only in domestic but also international markets. Aamir Khan, producer and leading man of “Dangal,” was asked about the film and said, “Although I haven’t watched it, everyone who has watched the film has been raving about it.”

Khan also deemed it unfair to compare two good films in their aspects. “Both are Indian films that are making a mark worldwide. So I am also very proud of ‘Bahubali 2…’ and as an Indian fan I would really appreciate the fact that the film is doing so well, all over the country and the world.”

“Bahubali 2” has its collections standing at Rs 1530 crore at the worldwide box-office, according to a report on BoxofficeIndia.com. And that puts “Dangal” in a slender lead as of now. The film grossed around Rs. 1253 crore at the domestic box-office and Rs 277 crore from the overseas market across all languages. So “Dangal” is also leading overseas, as its Indian figure is a little over Rs. 387 crore. The Hindi version of “Bahubali 2” has now crossed Rs. 478 crore – and counting!

“Bahubali 2…” enjoyed a grand release in about 9000 screens worldwide. The latest (though pre-“Dangal” in China) buzz is that the makers are also allegedly planning to release the film in Chinese and Japanese. If the plan does fall through, then there will be just no stopping the Rajamouli flick from setting even the 2000 crore club!

So which is bigger, ladies and gentlemen? Well, either which way in this ‘Dangal’ between two big movies, it is the mainstream, commercial, Indian movie that TOWERS!

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