Even as the swords-and-sandals spectacular Immortals assumed the number one position at the North American box office in the first weekend of its release, the film has also been a major milestone for Indian talent in Hollywood, as it is directed by Tarsem Singh and has Freida Pinto as its female lead. The movie, released in 3D, grossed over $32 million in its opening weekend, opening at over 3,000 locations in North America. It was also a major international blockbuster, raking in over $38 million across 35 countries. In the process, Tarsem Singh became the first director of Indian origin to top the North American box office in six years.
Gitesh Pandya, head of Box Office Guru said, “The last film by an Indian director to open at number one in the US was 2005’s Dukes of Hazzard from Indian-American filmmaker Jay Chandrashekar. M Night Shyamalan’s last top spot debut came in 2004 with The Village.” Freida Pinto herself reached a new high for Indian actors in Hollywood by scoring her second chart-topping blockbuster of the year. The film was severely panned by critics, but viewers voted with their wallets.