- A trade analyst said that the story failed to resonate with the audience
- 2.0 collected a mere Rs 22 crore in a week in China
- Before 2.0, Baahubali also tanked at the box office in China
Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar's 2.0, which was a humongous hit in India, is running to near-empty theatres in China, reported news agency IANS. As per an IANS report, 2.0 released in China on September 6 and within a week it collected mere Rs 22 crore. Before 2.0, SS Rajamouli's Baahubali (which released last year) also failed to generate big numbers in China. Speaking about the failures of two mammoth Indian hits in China, Girish Johar said that the stories 'failed to resonate with the audience.' He told IANS, "The anticipated collections are not there, and yes, both these films have underperformed despite getting a big push before their Chinese releases. The stories did not resonate with the Chinese audience. Both films had decent starts at the box-office, proving that there was an initial curiosity. But the interest level dwindled thereafter, as the local audience in China couldn't connect with the storylines."
In contrast, Bollywood films like Dangal, Secret Superstar, AndhaDhun and Hindi Medium performed exceptionally well in China.
Trade analyst Amod Mehra explained the dichotomy saying that the Chinese audience prefer family drama over films extravagant VFX films. "From what I gather, the Chinese prefer family dramas and suspense thrillers coming out of Bollywood, not costume dramas or FX films," he told IANS.
2.0 is the sequel to Shankar's 2010 hit Enthiran, which featured Rajinikanth as Dr Vaseegaran and robot Chitti, who goes against his creator and is ultimately dismantled for the safety of others. In 2.0, Dr Vaseegaran reassembles Chitti to fight the spirit of ornithologist Dr Pakshirajan (Akshay Kumar), who is hell-bent on killing people using mobile phones.