According to a report from Forbes, global ticket sales for the sports biopic now stand at $301 million (Rs. 1,930 crore), with $179.8 million coming from China and $84.4 million from India. Only four other non-English movies in history have earned more than $300 million worldwide, China’s The Mermaid ($533 million) and Monster Hunt ($386 million), France’s The Intouchables ($427 million) and Japan’s Your Name ($354 million). Forbes also mentions that it could go on to take the fourth position in the list, replacing Japan’s Your Name because a huge portion of the likely ticket sales in territories like China, Japan and Korea are still left unexploited.
The flick, a dramatic retelling of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s life, is the first and only Indian film with an overseas gross exceeding $100 million. It released to universal critical acclaim in India last Christmas. The Forbes report also showcases a few other records that Dangal has set. It is the first and only Indian film with an overseas gross exceeding $100 million. It is also the only movie to gross over $150 million in a single territory that being China and it is also the leggiest film in China’s history.