M.S. Dhoni Untold Story with no major stars is in the Top 10 international films in the U.S., joining Sultan and Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan as the only Bollywood movies of 2016 to break $1M in the first weekend.
From Fox International Productions and Fox Star Studios, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story grossed $14M on 4,200 screens at home to score the No. 2 opening of 2016, behind Salman Khan’s Sultan which released in July.
The film has met with strong reviews. Anticipation was so high that the original trailer generated more than 23 million views.
Described as “a man who India has come to see as the one who shaped the collective dreams of a billion countrymen” — having led the national team to World Cup victory in 2011 — Dhoni is a contemporary sporting legend.
The film recounts his life from the dusty roads of his origins in Ranchi to the highest pinnacle of Indian sports.
The film directed by Neeraj Pandey and is led by Sushant Singh Rajput, a relative newcomer who made his debut in the television and appeared in Aamir Khan’s PK, the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of all time.
Rohit Sharma, Head of International Sales & Distribution at Fox Star Studios India, said, “The two most popular forms of entertainment for Indians across the globe are Bollywood movies and cricket. This film is a combination of both.”
Outside India, Dhoni generated an estimated 21.91 crores ($3.3M) to rank as the fourth-biggest Indian offshore opener of 2016.
The film has not opened in Pakistan which is India’s main rival in politics and cricket.
Amid the strained political climate over attacks in the disputed Kashmir territory, there have been reports the film was banned in Pakistan, though the local censor board has said it was not submitted for consideration and the distributors said they have not received the copies.
Dhoni attended a promotional campaign in New York on September 15. – CINEWS