While on one hand Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 is all set to be released in 47000 plus 3D screens in China in 2019, Akshay’s Padman, which hit the cinemas in China last Friday, has failed to enthrall much of the Chinese audience. While in India, the R Balki directorial minted a humungous Rs 120 crore almost, in China, the movie Padman failed miserably.
Padman’s opening day at the Box Office turned out to be much lesser than another Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet Ek Prem Katha with Day 1 starting slowly, Day 2 registering a slight growth and Day 3 not seeing much change. The collection stood at only Rs 37.49 crore so far which makes it quite evident that the movie hasn’t quite impressed the Chinese audience.
Indian film critic and trade analyst, Taran Adarsh, shared the figures on his Twitter account. On Day 1 he tweeted, “#PadMan registers a low start in #China… Opening day numbers are much lower than #ToiletEkPremKatha [Fri $ 2.35 mn; incl previews], which opened in June 2018… Sat and Sun biz is pivotal…Fri $ 1.52 mn [₹ 10.93 cr] / incl previews Showings: 45,974 Admissions: 324,659.” Declaring Day 1 to lackluster, Taran’s tweet on Day 2 read, “After a lacklustre Day 1, #PadMan sees growth on Day 2 in #China… However, the 2-day total remains on the lower side… Ought to show big growth on Day 3 for a satisfactory weekend total…Fri $ 1.46 mn Sat $ 2.03 mn Total: $ 3.55 mn [₹ 25.54 cr] Note: Includes previews.” On Day 3, the figures declared the movie weak as Taran shared the figures, ‘”#PadMan misses the mark in #China… The trending was weak, while the jump in biz was clearly lacking…Fri $ 1.47 mn Sat $ 2.04 mn Sun $ 1.65 mn Total: $ 5.22 mn [₹ 37.49 cr] Note: Includes previews.”
Padman is based upon the story of a man named Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Padmashree awardee, who, frustrated by his wife’s problem during her periods, decides to come up with a sanitary pad that is affordable for poor women and hence, invented low cast sanitary pad making machines. The movie also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte and deals with the issue of menstrual hygiene.