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Life of Pi turns new king of box office post Oscar nominations
Relaxnews, AFP
January 15, 2013
First Published: 15:19 IST(15/1/2013)
Last Updated: 19:29 IST(19/2/2013)
Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi is here and it's certainly one of the most-talked about films. Here's a look at what the film is about.

According to the Rentrak Institute's weekly rankings, Ang Lee's film Life of Pi has knocked The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey off the top spot.

With $35.89M earned on the weekend of January 13, Life of Pi is now in the top spot. The cinematic adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel has made more than $450M.

The musical drama Les Misérables is in second place with earnings of $35.63M.

After four weekends at the top, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has fallen into third place with earnings of $35.18M. A new entry, Gangster Squad, is in fourth place. The police drama starring Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn had made $25.81M in 20 countries as of January 13.

Zero Dark Thirty is in fifth place thanks to an extended release in North America. Kathryn Bigelow's movie has made $25.2M.

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Life of Pi 2012’s highest Hollywood grosser in India

Oscar-award winning filmmaker Ang Lee’s Life of Pi has become the highest Hollywood grosser of 2012 in India.

A big screen adaptation of Canadian author Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel of the same name, the film  — that released here in in 2D and 3D in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu  — grossed Rs. 85 crore with Rs. 60 crore net, and is still running, according to a statement by its distributors. HIGHEST GROSSER

Life of Pi, Adele win early Golden Globes
Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' took home the best original score award at the 70th Golden Globes announced on Monday, while British songstress Adele collected a trophy for her rendition of the theme tune to the James Bond blockbuster "Skyfall."

Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez presented the Best original motion picture score trophy to Mychael Danna from the India-set drama 'Life of Pi', who was nominated alongside Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina), Alexandre Desplat (Argo), John Williams (Lincoln) and Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil (Cloud Atlas). MORE

OSCAR 2013: Lincoln, Life of Pi lead nominations
The Civil War saga Lincoln leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for British-born Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

Also among the nine nominees for best picture Thursday: the old-age love story Amour the Iran hostage thriller Argo  the independent hit Beasts of the Southern Wild the slave-revenge narrative Django Unchained the musical Les Miserables the shipwreck story Life of Pi the lost-souls romance Silver Linings Playbook and the Osama bin Laden manhunt chronicle Zero Dark Thirty. OSCAR 2013

Life Of Pi's Suraj Sharma only male nominated for BAFTA award
Life of Pi lead star Suraj Sharma is the only male actor nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star award this year.

The Indian actor is nominated alongside British actresses Juno Temple, Andrea Riseborough, Elizabeth Olsen and Alicia Vikander in the running for the award recognising new talent in the film industry, reported The Telegraph. READ MORE

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Life of Pi’s lullaby in a plagiarism row
Lyricist Bombay Jayashri’s joy of her song in filmmaker Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, grabbing an Oscar nomination, might be short-lived.

The song, Pi’s Lullaby is caught in a plagiarism row for being similar to the Malayalam lullaby, Omanathinkal kidavo, composed by Malayalam poet Iryimman Thampi in the 18th century, reports a tabloid.

Thampi’s relatives allege that the Pi’s Lullaby is a rip off.

(With additional inputs)


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