The Impending Bollywood Boom at the U.S. Box Office

Uday Chopra (from left), Abhishek Bachchan, Aamir Khan, and Katrina Kaif in Dhoom: 3 Photograph by Yash Raj Films via Everett Collection

Last weekend, the Indian action sequel Dhoom 3 set a new North American box office record for a Bollywood film, taking in $3.3 million from 236 theaters. The previous record, set last August by Chennai Express, with $2.2 million, was expected to fall: Dhoom 3 opened in more U.S. theaters than any prior Bollywood film and also benefited from an IMAX surcharge. (It’s the first Indian film shot in the large-screen format.) The movie’s success speaks to the remarkable rise of Bollywood films in the U.S. in recent years, and it offers some hints for their future here.

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