Aamir Khan Productions’s Secret Superstar has outpaced the box-office collections of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in China, Mint reported, citing ticketing-data provider Maoyan. The film, which narrates the story of a teenage Muslim girl (Zaira Wasim) who hopes to be a singer, has reportedly topped China’s box office since its release in the country on January 19. Khan features in an extended cameo in the film.
Secret Superstar has reportedly grossed $65.72 million at the Chinese box-office so far.
Secret Superstar is Khan’s second hit in a row in China. Nitesh Tiwari’s sports drama Dangal (2016), which featured Khan in the lead along with Wasim and Fatima Sana Shaikh, earned $193 million in China last year.
Following the huge success Dangal and Secret Superstar in China, the Salman Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) is scheduled to be released across 8,000 screens in the country on March 2.
Chinese news agency Xinhua noted Secret Superstar’s success in a recent editorial. “Chinese filmgoers’ appreciation of Aamir Khan’s films reflects the common aesthetic pursuit of the two countries, which should be extended from the cultural aspect to broader areas, including politics and the economy,” it said.