Avatar crosses Rs 1 billion mark in India
James Cameron's 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar has grossed around Rs 101 crore at the Indian box office in five weeks. The movie has become the biggest Hollywood grosser at the Indian box office.india Updated: Jan 23, 2010 20:28 IST
Avatar has also become the second biggest film in India in the last one month after Aamir Khan's hit 3 Idiots that managed to gross over Rs.315 crore worldwide in just 19 days.
"The phenomenal success of Avatar has been a trailblazer as viewers responded across metro cities as well as smaller markets making Avatar the second largest film for 2009 after 3 Idiots," Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios India, said in a statement.
The collections were at an equilibrium in both single-screens as well as multiplexes with 49 and 51 per cent earnings respectively. The 3-D collections also amounted to around 35 per cent of the total earnings. The English prints of the movie brought in about Rs.50.5 crore here, while Hindi and Tamil-Telugu dubbed versions earned about Rs.26 crore and Rs.24 crore respectively.
Produced by 20th Century Fox, Avatar is a blend of live-action photography and virtual photo realistic production techniques. Touted as the most expensive film ever, it is made at a whopping $230-million (Rs.1,200-crore) budget and has crossed $1.3 billion in earnings worldwide.
Starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana, the movie depicts the story of a wounded ex-marine thrust unwillingly into an effort to exploit an exotic planet rich in biodiversity. He eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.