The word is out: Fast and Furious 7 is rewriting rules according to which all future Hollywood films will be judged in India. According to trade website Koimoi.com, Paul Walker's action-soaked swansong has made Rs 23.75 crore in India within two days of its release.
While the opening day Thursday saw the film earning Rs 12 crore, the film added another Rs 11.75 crore on Friday. The film, which released this Friday stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez, also marks the debut of Indian actor Ali Fazal in Hollywood.
#DetectiveByomkeshBakshy Fri ? 4.20 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 4, 2015
In comparison, the Bollywood release Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! earned only Rs 4.75 crore, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee and starring Sushant Singh Rajput, the highly anticipated film may still pick up thanks to word-of-mouth publicity.
It's #FastAndFurious7 wave across the nation. The 4-day biz [Thu-Sun] should be the HIGHEST so far [2015 releases]. Setting new benchmarks.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 4, 2015
Adarsh also tweeted that there was a Fast and Furious wave in India and is likely to break all records.
In the US, Furious 7 is likely to earn around $148 million over the long Easter weekend. The film is speculated to enter $1 billion club.
A still from Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
Even Amitabh Bachchan came out in praise of the action caper, calling it "inspiring".
Bachchan, 72, said the film, which marks the final appearance of Paul Walker after his death in 2013, gives the message of being together.
"Watching 'Fast & Furious 7' is so inspiring... You can actually survive in its presentation and its moments of action. No one gets removed permanently, no one passes away... They all stick together, remain in one basin and operate," Bachchan posted on his blog.
The Piku star compared the essence of the American action film with his fan following on the blog.
"WE are the same in many ways... Extended Family, brothers sisters and dear friends, all rolled into one large destination," Bachchan wrote.