Published On: Mon, Jul 20th, 2015

Bollywood News: Salman Khan sets record with ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ opening weekend

Bajrangi Bhaijaan had a big debut weekend, logging the best opening weekend ever for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan with $16.7M over the three-days in India; and the 3rd biggest weekend ever for Bollywood.

Khan is now in a class by himself as Deadline notes the actor added “an 8th film with over 100 crore ($15.7M) at the box office gives him the most Hindi-language movies over that level of any actor in history, according to box office analyst Taran Adarsh. What’s more, Bajrangi set Khan a new overseas benchmark with $8M more in grosses.”

Aamir KhanAamir Khan, star of last year’s PK, the highest-grossing Bollywood film ever, tweeted on Saturday: “OUTSTANDING! Salman’s best film till today!” He added, “And that little girl is too too good! Just steals your heart!”

Bajrangi now has a global box office total of $24.16, earning $2.4 million in North America over the weekend, marking the 10th time an Indian title has appeared in the U.S. Top 20 since May.

This was Khan’s 2nd best opening day ever in India with $4.3 million. That’s second only to his Ek Tha Tiger which opened in the same Eid holiday period in 2012 and was also directed by Bajrangi’s Kabir Khan.

“The film, about a man trying to bring a young, mute girl (Harshaali Malhotra) back to her family in Pakistan, kicked off to critical praise and awards buzz. Co-starring Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, it’s something of a departure for Khan. The sentimental story only has two brief action sequences, no so-called ‘item numbers,’ and, adds Bollywood Hungama, a short-lived romance ‘that doesn’t drag the proceedings,'” Deadline summarizes.

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  1. Pradeep Kaur says:

    I love to watch Bhaijaan Movies.

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