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After ‘Dangal’ Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim’s ‘Secret Superstar’ leads China box office

The film topped the chart on its opening weekend on Friday.

After the stupendous success of Dangal, Aamir Khan Productions’s Secret Superstar looks set become a hit in China.

The Zaira Wasim starrer, which features Khan in a supporting role, had earned up to Rs 21 crore (RMB23.3 million) by 3 pm on Friday, its opening day in China, putting it atop the charts with a 25% market share, according to a report in Variety. The second greatest market share belonged to Zhang Ziyi-starring Forever Young, which claimed 16% of the earnings. Forever Young grossed $23 million during its opening weekend, and reports indicate that Secret Superstar may surpass that figure over the next couple of days.

Secret Superstar narrates the story of a 14-year old girl (Wasim) from a conservative Muslim family who has to fight adversity and her orthodox, violent father to fulfill her dreams of becoming a singer. Khan plays Shakti Kumar, a talented and flamboyant musician. The movie was released in India on October 19 last year.

Khan’s previous film Dangal, which also co-starred Wasim, earned an unprecedented $193 million in China. The actor, who became hugely popular in the country after his 2009 movie 3 Idiots resonated with viewers there, is now embarking on a week-long tour in the country. He reportedly scheduled to visit Beijing from January 23 to January 26.

In the wake of the success of Dangal in China, Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) is also being released in the country on March 2.

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