Slumdog Millionaire grosses $418,000 in the US

Mumbai: Fox Searchlight’s Slumdog Millionaire, a film about an Indian game show starring Anil Kapoor and Dev Patel, released in the US on 12 November registered the highest average of any movie during the first weekend.The film has grossed $418,000 in 10 theatres in six cities — New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago and Toronto.The weekend gross was $350,434, with per-theatre average of $35,043.

Following an overwhelming response, a company release said that the film would expand to 32 theatres from 10 this week. This includes its release in 10 more cities – Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Vancouver. The film is expected to run for seven weeks across 96 cities in the US.

Based on the novel "Q&A" by Vikas Swarup, the movie is set in Mumbai and made by British director Danny Boyle. It also stars Irfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Raj Zutshi and Freida Pinto amongst others.

It is the story of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), an 18-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering Rs 20 million on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? show.

But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika (Freida Pinto), the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions.