Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: Aamir Khan's 'Secret Superstar' Makes Strong Debut

Magazine article Screen International

China Box Office: Aamir Khan's 'Secret Superstar' Makes Strong Debut

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Indian singing drama wins weekend but Zhang Ziyi’s Forever Young tops week.

‘Secret Superstar’

Zhang Ziyi’s Forever Young fended off five new titles and climbed to the top of the chart in the week of Jan 15-21, but Indian singing drama Secret Superstar captured the hearts of Chinese audiences over the weekend.

Local drama Forever Young gained stronger traction in its second week with $49.6m for $72.8m after 10 days. It moved to the No.1 spot from Tuesday, overtaking Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, until Secret Superstar pushed it to second place on Friday.

With an ensemble cast of Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chen Chusheng, Chang Chen and Wang Leehom, the film covers four generations of Tsinghua University students over a century. It’s originally planned for the 100th anniversary of Beijing’s Tsinghua University in 2011.

Following the mega-success of last year’s Dangal, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan returns to China with much fanfare. His latest film Secret Superstar was the top performer over the weekend, taking $29m from its first three days. …

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