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Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ Scores at Int’l Box Office, Enrages Religious Groups


HONG KONG — “PK,” a Bollywood drama film that represents a re-teaming of key elements from global hit “3 Idiots,” looks to have set records in a number of markets – despite the controversies it has raised.

The UTV Disney-backed picture stars Aamir Khan and is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Rentrak estimated its global total for its opening weekend at US$25.6 million. That includes some $3.5 million from North America, where it charted as the tenth biggest movie of the session.

Globally it was the fourth biggest film of the weekend behind “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” Chinese director Jiang Wen’s “Gone with the Bullets” (on $36 million) and “Might at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.”

UTV, which financed the picture and is distributing it in India under the Disney label, says that picture was released on Friday and expanded on Saturday to be the second biggest Saturday gross in Indian history. It grossed US$4.21 million on Friday, followed by US$4.79 million on Saturday for a first two day total of $9.0 million. UTV forecast a record Sunday.

The film sees Khan arrive on earth as a naked and innocent alien who has an ability to easily learn languages, but struggles more in negotiating human customs. En route the picture takes a big swipe at bigots and fraudsters peddling various religions. In a country where religious groups routinely protest film industry targets, “PK” has sent some into a frenzy, with #boycottPK trending on Twitter at one point.

In the U.K. “PK” grossed GBP172,000 on opening Friday, followed by GBP244,000 on Saturday, for a two day total of GBP417,000 ($667,000), according to UTV. That was the best opening day for any Hindi-language film this year and is the fifth biggest Hindi score in the territory.

In Australia, “PK” enjoyed the biggest ever opening day for an Indian film with A$162,000 and A$392,000 (US$323,000) after two days.

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  1. kp says:

    This movie is perfect example of how secularists view Hindus and their beliefs – they have no interest in understanding the religion or rituals from authorized source and in their proper context, they are happy to caricature religion thru occasional fake godmen they discover or ignorant people how they practice it. Their power rests in attacking hinduism and uniting all anti-hindu religionists., even if they are fundamentalist, jehadi or terrorists. Sick propaganda. This movie should be banned for hurting religious sentiments of believers – but do not hold your breath – they care for only muslim and xian religious sentiments, not hindus’

  2. Gimmy says:

    I idolise Aamir khan and Rajkumar hirani as this team brought up a brilliant project last time. Additionally Aamir’s Satyamev jayate has given us sensitization about numerous issues we were not so sensitive about. But PK has numerous jokes about Sardaars and sikhs!!! I was shocked to see them show a sardaar man lying and begging money to pay a hotel bill….. No sardaar in his conscious that i have seen would beg or lye for money!!!! Thats much as i have seen in my life….. A sikh can do much hardwork in life than stooping to beg!!!! Then the firki joke by anushka!! There the showed a stupid balbir singh calling again n again then befooled by Anushka….

    My only point is that we are already fighting a world where many people are busy cracking Santa-Banta or Sardaar jokes….. In all this i could not believe Aamir khan doing this!!! These scenes could be as effective without pointing to a particular community or group!!!

  3. Ramases says:

    A bit disappointed with PK and an Aamir Khan being lopsided when it comes to dissecting Hindu traditional beliefs. The religions very tolerance of dramatization lends itself to being portrayed in trivial fashion, the caricature of Lord Shiva was not in good taste in a film. I do not want to get into a treatise on what Hindu gods represent etc but I wonder if Aamir would have the gumption to discredit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah practises or the one at Fathepur Sikri in similar cavalier fashion. He chooses a Talibanish example to portray the wrong beliefs or traditions in Islam.I am not religious in the traditional sense,I am born a Hindu and over the years, I like to believe that it is most tolerant of the different beliefs in our country.I am now proud to call myself one and believe that it does not make me a fundamentalist.
    Had it been any other film actor doing the part, I would have said he was only paid to do the part. Aamir khan in my book was different. Thats the real tragedy of PK. Anushka Sharma was easily the USP as was the Gurus role played by Saurabh Shukla. Overall, a 2.5 to 3 where it could have easily scored a 4+ with unbiased handling

    • Emmanuel says:

      You should be blaming vidhu vinod chopra and raj kumar hirani for writing and producing this movie which offended you …for even if aamir wasn’t the lead they would have made this movie with another actor so whatever religion the actors belonged has nothing to dowith the story..

  4. I can’t wait to see PK and I know that it will be a winner.

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