Slumdog Millionaire continues dream run at worldwide BO

MUMBAI: Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire is continuing its steady run at the global box office and has even picked pace in India after the Academy Awards were announced on 22 February.

The movie has grossed $ 86.54 million at the international box office with India contributing Rs 300 million (Rs 30 crores) from just 350 screens.

Slumdog Millionaire will rank amongst the Top 100 best opening weeks of all time in India and the movie’s collections till date have surpassed the lifetime box office figures in India for The Dark Knight and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

As was already reported by Businessofcinema.com, the movie had better opening weekend collections at the box office than movies like Rock On and Jab We Met.

Moreover, the Hindi version has contributed to two thirds of box office revenue for the film in India. In addition, Slumdog has delivered the biggest opening weekend for any FOX release in India ever.

Fox Star Studios India CEO Vijay Singh said, "This international movie with an Indian soul has had a dream run so far. The film has delivered beyond our expectations in the Indian market. It is running strong in its fifth week with over 430 shows in 223 screens across the country."

"Slumdog has surprised us – the Hindi version a typical Bollywood film has touched the hearts of the viewers across the Hindi belt and we are seeing the numbers increasing day by day from the single screens as well," added North India distributor Sanjay Ghai of Mukta Arts.

Fame India corporate sales and programming AVP distribution Aditya Shroff said, "We are playing both the versions in our plexes and both are doing equally well, we expect the film to have a long life."

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