July 7, 2009 1:05:37 pm
Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ has registered a stupendous opening grossing over Rs 46 crore at the box office in its opening weekend,Eros International,the film’s co-producer and distributor has said.
The film,released worldwide on July 3,also touched the number eight position in the UK following its release.
Speaking on the films performance,Nandu Ahuja,Executive Vice President,Distribution India,Eros International said,”Despite heavy rains,the film remained steady through the weekend all over and continues to show fabulous response today on day four as well. We are confident of the films performance in the weeks to come.”
“In UK,the film secured a strong number eight position earning 3,00,000 pounds despite releasing along with big Hollywood films such as ‘Ice Age 3’ and ‘Public Enemies’,” Pranab Kapadia,President Distribution — Europe and Africa,Eros International said.
The US also saw strong opening figures of USD 7,00,000,as the film released in the weekends.
In Pakistan,the film grossed USD 1,00,000 from only 15 prints,the highest ever for any Bollywood film.
Well known trade expert and critic Taran Adarsh said that initial tracking indicate ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ is amongst top five openers of all times in India.
“This weekend was the best in terms of business,” Devang Sampath,Senior Vice President,Cinemax said.
The film saw one of the widest releases for a Bollywood film in recent times with an unprecedented 2000 plus screens worldwide (with a combination of prints and digital).
Fox Star Studio India’s ‘Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaur’,which was released on July 3,has groin India,beating the 2005 superhit Hanuman,which had an opening of Rs 1.5 crore on 150 prints.
“Ice Age 3 has managed to get one of the highest openings for an animated film in India even though it has been released with the hugely hyped ‘Kambakkht Ishq’. The exceptional 3D effects in the film are a must see,” Vijay Singh,CEO,Fox Star Studios India said.
The previous highest weekend collections for Hollywood film were for Shrek 3,which had collected Rs 1.3 crore.
The biggest animated film in India,’Hanuman’ had grossed around Rs 1.5 crore at the initial level. The sequel to ‘Hanuman’ released in 2007 and had an opening of Rs 1.2 crores.
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