Hot on the heels of the sports biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which passed the coveted 1 billion rupee ($17 million) mark, comes this comedic thriller starring local superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Chennai has crushed the competition, grossing an estimated $18 million in less than a week of release. As in the U.S., Hollywood tentpoles have been hit-and-miss at the Indian box office this summer. Even Man of Steel, well-received in the U.S., managed to collect only about $4 million during its five-week theatrical run in India.
South Korea: 'Cold Eyes'
The crime thriller hit the 5 million admission mark during its fourth week in theaters, beating World War Z and The Lone Ranger. Even Red: The Legend (aka Red 2), a highly anticipated film for Korean audiences since it stars local superstar Lee Byung-hun, brought in just 965,000 moviegoers during its first weekend in July.
In a market dominated by the U.S. studios, it took the biggest animated film in Latin American history to outperform Hollywood. Juan Jose Campanella's 3D-animated film opened in winter-break Buenos Aires against DreamWorks' Turbo and scored an all-time record in attendance numbers with 104,000 tickets sold, topping Turbo's 46,000, according to local tracking service Ultracine. It now has grossed $11 million in the country.
Russia: 'Legend No. 17'
Director Nikolay Lebedev's story of Soviet ice-hockey star Valery Kharmalov has become the top-grossing Russian film of all time, earning nearly $30 million in the country since its April release. Only three Hollywood films have done better in Russia this year -- Iron Man 3 ($44 million), Fast & Furious 6 ($34 million) and Life of Pi ($30 million) -- and Legend is still in theaters.
Mexico: 'Nosotros Los Nobles' (We Are the Nobles)
Directed and co-written by freshman filmmaker Gary 'Gaz' Alazraki, the hit comedy has shattered Mexico's homegrown box-office record with $27 million after 17 weeks in theaters (nearly doubling the take of the previous record holder, The Crime of Father Amaro). Three weeks into its release, it was outperforming The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Japan: 'The Wind Rises'
Hayao Miyazaki's animated take on the man who designed the famed Japanese "Zero" fighter planes used in World War II took in $9.6 million in two days, knocking Monsters University off the top of the box-office rankings two weeks after the Disney toon set the record for the year's biggest bow. After 23 days in theaters, Wind has made $58 million and shows no signs of slowing.
China: 'Tiny Times'
Having taken in $79 million since opening June 27, director Guo Jingming's coming-of-age drama has become the biggest surprise hit in China this summer, besting Warner Bros.' Man of Steel when the two went head-to-head. It also has been one of the most controversial domestic releases ever. Just days after Guo announced its sequel would move up from December to Aug. 7, the official People's Daily -- which had celebrated the film's success -- published an opinion piece condemning its onscreen excess and questioning the "unconditional indolence" in allowing the sequel to move forward.
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