‘Dhoom 3’ Ignites Bollywood Boom at Stateside Box Office

'Dhoom 3' sets Indian BO records

Local three-quel is a hit worldwide, with premium support from Imax

Raking in an estimated $3.3 million in three days, “Dhoom 3,” the third installment in the successful Bollywood action franchise, scored the biggest-ever debut for an Indian film in North America, beating “Chennai Express” last August.

“Dhoom,” which benefited from being released in higher-priced Imax locations, set a number of other Stateside records this weekend, including being the only Bollywood film to gross more than $1 million on opening day. (The film also had the largest domestic footprint for an Indian release Stateside, at 236 locations.)

“Dhoom” toplines Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan as a bank-robbing/revenge-seeking master circus artist. The three-quel is directed and written by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the scribe of the first two “Dhoom” installments.

SEE ALSO: Film Review: ‘Dhoom 3’

The first “Dhoom” grossed just $254,756 when it bowed Aug. 27, 2004 — but that film played at only 32 locations at its widest. Meanwhile, the second installment bowed Thanksgiving weekend in 2006 and wound up grossing a remarkable improvement comparatively, with $2.6 million Stateside.

Yash Raj Films handed North American distribution on all three films.

“Dhoom 3” already has become a hit in India, where local films tend to dominate the marketplace, with north of $6 million opening day alone. Globally, the film has well surpassed $10 million from markets including Pakistan, the Gulf and Middle East, Australia and the U.K.

As for Imax, the film is overperforming with approximately $500,000 from 25 locations, with only two to three showtimes a day since Saturday.

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  1. Suraj says:

    Dhoom 3 has made the history in the entire bollywood industries, This is first movie which collects the 36 crore in the first opening day…

  2. heather mclaughlin says:

    Wow. That sounds good.

  3. When are you all going to stop messing around and just tell me to get out to LA and make this movie? It’s driving me crazy now! The soundtrack and everything is all set to go. Just need myself a cast, crew, director and investor!

  4. Doris says:

    Looking forward to seeing in IMAX in my local theater. Action films transcend cultures. Yay!



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