Fanaa rocks in the UK & US

MUMBAI: According to UNI reports dated June 2, it was stated that Aamir Khan equals the popularity enjoyed in the overseas market by Shah Rukh Khan, known as the Badshah of Oversesas. After a stupendous success of his earlier film Rang De Basanti, Aamir’s portrayal of an intense romantic-cum-terrorist’ in Kunal Kohli’s Fanaa has enthralled audiences in the overseas markets.

The much-awaited film from the banner of Yashraj productions took a flying start in the United Kingdom when it opened at the theatres on May 26, trade sources said. The sources said the film figured at number six on the UK box office charts, grossing 413,410 UK Pounds in the first 4 days from 37 screens across the UK.

In the other overseas markets too, the film got an unprecedented opening. For example, in Australia, the film’s collections during the opening weekend were $ 94,700 which, the trade sources said, was the second highest opening ever for an Indian film.

In the United States, the film collected $ 900,000 in its opening weekend from 72 cinema screens and was at number 13 on the US box office charts. It is the highest opener for an Aamir Khan starrer.

Among other overseas territories, the film garnered $ 33,000 in the opening weekend in Kenya, $ 28,000 in South Africa, $ 25,000 in Fiji, $ 19,000 dollars in Mauritius, $ 19,000 dollars in Hong Kong and $ 16,500 dollars in Holland.

Fanaa has already wowed audiences in India and netted more that Rs 20 crore in the opening week. Thus, the film has almost recovered its cost of about Rs 25 crore since its release on Friday, which is quite commendable since it not being screened in Gujarat due to Aamir’s espousal of the cause to the Narmada Bachao Andolan.