India's 'Dhoom 3' Crosses $80 Million Worldwide

'Dhoom 3'

In December, Bollywood film Dhoom 3 debuted in North America to a record-breaking $3.3 million from 236 theaters for distributor Yash Raj Films, making it the biggest opening of all time for a Bollywood title and coming in No. 9 for the weekend.

The third installment in the action franchise directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya is now the highest-grossing Indian film ever.

Dhoom 3 has become the highest-grossing film in Indian cinema history at $83.56 million (5 billion rupees) worldwide. It is the first Indian film ever to cross the $80 million mark. 

Produced by veteran Bollywood banner Yash Raj Films, the third installment of the action franchise stars superstar Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Katrina Kaif. Dhoom 3 is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, who co-wrote the script with producer and YRF topper Aditya Chopra.

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According to YRF, since its Dec. 20 release, the film has collected $56.8 million (3.51 billion rupees) in India, while its overseas box office has crossed $25 million (1.5 billion rupees), setting a new record for the highest overseas gross ever for an Indian film.

3 Idiots (2008) held the Indian box office title for a few years, with an estimated $60 million gross, until Chennai Express edged past it in 2013 with an estimated $63 million.

YRF added that Dhoom 3 will soon expand into new territories, including Germany, Peru, Romania, Japan, Russia, East Europe and Turkey.