Director Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi has made a superb collection at the US box office in the first weekend. The film has beaten the record of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Fan and turned out to be the 3rd fastest $1 million grosser in 2016.
Shah Rukh Khan, who has played an extended cameo in Dear Zindagi, has a massive fan base in the US and distributors of the movie planned really big to cash in on his popularity as well as the Thanksgiving weekend. They released the Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan starrer in over 200 screens across the country on November 23. The film opened to fantastic response last Wednesday and showed decent growth on Thursday.
"#DearZindagi, which had a midweek release in North America [USA + Canada], has grossed $ 419,208 [₹ 2.87 cr] in 2 days... Details follow..." Later, he added: #DearZindagi - USA - midweek release [Thanksgiving Weekend]: Wed $ 175,560 Thu $ 217,628 Total: $ 393,188 [₹ 2.69 cr] @Rentrak," Taran Adarsh tweeted on November 25.
The Gauri Shinde-directed movie went on strength to strength on the following days and surpassed the $1 million mark in the country on Saturday. As per early estimates, Dear Zindagi has collected $1,188,088 at the US box office in the first weekend. The movie has shattered the record of Shah Rukh Khan's last outing Fan, which raked in $1,116,607 at the US box office in its opening weekend.
In 2016, 12 Bollywood movies have surpassed $1 million mark at the US box office and Dear Zindagi has become the 13th film to join the club. It has also become the third fastest $1 million grossing Bollywood film of the year. Here is the list of Bollywood movies that crossed this mark. The figures are based on various reports and they may vary from actual numbers.
|2||Ae Dil Hai Mushkil||302||1||1,744,214||3,284,498|
|5||Kapoor & Sons||153||2||1,589,819||2,201,421|
|6||MS Dhoni: The Untold Story||256||2||1,427,951||1,612,083|