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'Dangal' becomes China's biggest non-Hollywood foreign film

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/23/2017
In this Monday, May 22, 2017 photo, a group of Chinese women take a selfie with a poster of Indian Bollywood blockbuster film "Dangal" on display at a cinema in Beijing. The Aamir Khan film "Dangal" about an Indian man training his daughters to become wrestlers has become China's biggest grossing non-Hollywood foreign movie. The Indian film was released in China on May 5. By Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Indian film had pulled in 806 million yuan ($117 million) in mainland China, according to data from EntGroup, a leading entertainment consultant. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) © The Associated Press In this Monday, May 22, 2017 photo, a group of Chinese women take a selfie with a poster of Indian Bollywood blockbuster film "Dangal" on display at a cinema in Beijing. The Aamir Khan film "Dangal" about an Indian man training his daughters to become wrestlers has become China's biggest grossing non-Hollywood foreign movie. The Indian film was released in China on May 5. By Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Indian film had pulled in 806 million yuan ($117 million) in mainland China, according to data from EntGroup, a leading entertainment consultant. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — The Aamir Khan film "Dangal," about an Indian man training his daughters to become wrestlers, has become China's biggest-grossing non-Hollywood foreign movie.

In this Monday, May 22, 2017 photo, a Chinese woman browses a photo which she took with her friends with a poster of Indian Bollywood blockbuster film "Dangal," back, at a cinema in Beijing. The Aamir Khan film "Dangal" about an Indian man training his daughters to become wrestlers has become China's biggest grossing non-Hollywood foreign movie. The Indian film was released in China on May 5. By Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Indian film had pulled in 806 million yuan ($117 million) in mainland China, according to data from EntGroup, a leading entertainment consultant. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) © The Associated Press In this Monday, May 22, 2017 photo, a Chinese woman browses a photo which she took with her friends with a poster of Indian Bollywood blockbuster film "Dangal," back, at a cinema in Beijing. The Aamir Khan film "Dangal" about an Indian man training his daughters to become wrestlers has become China's biggest grossing non-Hollywood foreign movie. The Indian film was released in China on May 5. By Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Indian film had pulled in 806 million yuan ($117 million) in mainland China, according to data from EntGroup, a leading entertainment consultant. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Indian film, whose name translates as "Let's Wrestle, Dad," was released in China on May 5. By Tuesday, it had pulled in 806 million yuan ($117 million) in mainland China, according to data from EntGroup, a leading entertainment consultancy.

The previous top-performing non-Hollywood foreign film was the 2016 "Your Name," a Japanese fantasy drama. It made 577 million yuan ($84 million) at the Chinese box office.

Media and online commentary has said "Dangal," which is based on a true story, impressed audiences with its message of giving girls opportunities in a male-centric society, and has prompted discussions over how strict parents should or should not be when raising their children.

Actor and producer Khan had already built up a following in China following the success of his previous films "3 Idiots" and "PK." The Bollywood star has garnered 640,000 followers on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo since opening an account in early April.

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