Filmmaker Jon Favreau’s 3D live-animation adventure fantasy film The Jungle Book has received an overwhelming response at the box office in India and raked in over Rs 45.83 crore within three days. The film made its way onto the screens in India a week ahead of its release in the US.
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The film, which collected Rs.10.09 crore on its opening day in India on Friday, witnessed good growth on Saturday by collecting Rs.13.51 crore and followed it up with Rs 16.5 crore on Sunday, tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
#TheJungleBook had 33.89% growth on Sat over Fri and 64.42% growth on Sun over Fri. Language contribution: 48% English, 52% dubbed versions.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 11, 2016
Jungle Book has been confirmed as the second-highest opening Hollywood film ever to screen in India, ahead of the Rs 35.7 crore opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but behind Fast & Furious 7 which earned Rs 70 crore during a four-day release weekend. The film also clocked the biggest opening weekend in India behind Akshay Kumar-starrer Airlift.
Released in India in four different languages (English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu), the film is a modern take on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless classic, originally published in 1894. The film, with Indian-American actor Neel Sethi as Mowgli, is supported by Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan and Lupita Nyong’o as mother wolf Raksha.
Bollywood stars likes Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Nana Patekar, Shefali Shah and Om Puri have lent their voice for the Hindi version of The Jungle Book.
Meanwhile, Love Games, the Bollywood release for the week, managed a measly amount of Rs 1.03 crore on Friday. On the other hand, Ki and Ka, released on April 1, earned Rs 2.16 crore with the star power of Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor.