Today's Top Story: India's '3 Idiots' Dominates in Japan Three Years After Release
on July 30, 2013
Nearly four years after 3 Idiots’s first theatrical release in India, the film has collected over ¥100 million in the first two weeks of screening in Japan. That makes the film the highest grossing Hindi film ever in Japan — and it is still running in Japanese cinemas.
Released in December 2009, 3 Idiots stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan, and Boman Irani. It was directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vindhu Vinod Chopra. The film tells the story of two college friends’s search for a lost companion while stumbling through reminiscences along the way.
This film’s success in Japan was not an isolated event. 3 Idiots had profitable runs at the box office in Taiwan, Korea, China, and Hong Kong which led to it being the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in overseas markets. Domestically, it was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend and had the highest net collections in the first week of a Bollywood film. It finished its run by becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time — surpassing Ghajini, which also starred Khan. [Yahoo! Omg! India]
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