Bollywood Hit 'Dhoom 3' to Get Wide Release in China

Dhoom 3 poster - P 2014

The action blockbuster starring Aamir Khan will open on 2,000 screens in 400 Chinese cities, a record for an Indian film in the country.

In what will be the widest release ever for an Indian film in China, action hit Dhoom 3 will open on 2,000 screens in over 400 Chinese cities on July 25. The third installment of the blockbuster franchise from veteran Bollywood banner Yash Raj Films will be dubbed in Mandarin and released by Chinese distribution company HGC Entertainment.

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Given China's notorious quota limiting foreign film imports to just 34 titles per year on a revenue-sharing basis, Indian films have struggled to get a foothold in the country in the face of Hollywood competition. Reliance Entertainment's 2009 comedy hit 3 Idiots was a notable success story when it scored a release there in 2011. Starring top actor Aamir Khan, the film grossed nearly $3 million in China. Dhoom 3 also stars Khan in the lead, along with actress Katrina Kaif and actors Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. The film is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, who co-wrote the script with producer and YRF topper Aditya Chopra.

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Following its December 2013 worldwide release, Dhoom 3 set a slew of Indian box-office records, including becoming the first Indian film to cross the 5 billion rupee mark ($83 million).